Quotes for
the Journey:

Wisdom 2

Wisdom is the reward you get
for a lifetime of listening when
you'd have preferred to talk.

Doug Larson


The wisdom in the story of the most educated and powerful person is often not greater than the wisdom in the story of a child, and the life of a child can teach us as much as the life of a sage.        -Rachel Naomi Remen

When we are relaxed and reasonable content, we are naturally wise.  We accept that life is unpredictable, unreliable.  We say jokingly or philosophically, "Nothing is sure except death and taxes," or God willing and the creek don't rise," reminding each other that, notwithstanding the level of planning, we are continually dealing with being surprised.  We get startled.  We recover.  We are disappointed.  We adjust.  Mostly--with Wisdom intact--we manage.       -Sylvia Boorstein
Pure wisdom always directs itself towards God; the purest wisdom is knowledge of God.        -Lew Wallace
We do not receive wisdom-- we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world.        -Marcel Proust
Wisdom is not book learning but, rather, a quality or state of knowing what is true or right coupled with the judgment to discern constructive action.  Wisdom is the insight and intuition contained in the proverbial still, small voice that only a quiet mind can hear and know.       -Sue Patton Thoele

Keep the gold and keep the silver, but give us wisdom.        -Arabian proverb
Seven characteristics distinguish the wise:  they do not speak in the presence of those wiser than themselves, do not interrupt, are not hasty to answer, ask and answer the point, talk about first things first and last things last, admit when they do not know, and acknowledge the truth.        -the Talmud
To have lived long does not necessarily imply the gathering of much wisdom and experience.  One who has pedaled twenty-five thousand miles on a stationary bicycle has not circled the globe.  He or she has only garnered weariness.        -Paul Eldridge
Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.       -Edward R. Murrow
There is a great difference between knowing a thing and understanding it; you can know a lot and not really understand anything.        -Charles F. Kettering
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty.  To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.        -Bertrand Russell
Youth is the time to study wisdom; old age is the time to practice it.        -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I recall that piece of knowledge and use it better.        -Mark Van Doren
It is noble to seek truth, and it is beautiful to find it.  It is the ancient feeling of the human heart-- that knowledge is better than riches; and it is deeply and sacredly true.         -Sydney Smith
The lessons of great men and women are lost unless they reinforce upon our minds the highest demands which we make upon ourselves; they are lost unless they drive our sluggish wills forward in the direction of their highest ideas.       -Jane Addams
Some have narrowed their minds, and so fettered them with the chains of antiquity that not only do they refuse to speak save as the ancients spake, but they refuse to think save as the ancients thought.  God speaks to us, too, and the best thoughts are those now being vouchsafed to us.  We will excel the ancients!       -Savonarola
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. . . It is one of the few havens remaining where a person's mind can get both provocation and privacy.       -Edward P. Morgan
I hold myself indebted to any one from whose enlightened understanding another ray of knowledge communicates to mine.  Really to inform the mind is to correct and enlarge the heart.        -Junius
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it-- and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on the hot stove-lid.  She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again--and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.       -Mark Twain
Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge--broad deep knowledge-- is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked humankind's progress is to feel the great heart-throbs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life.       -Helen Keller
Old places and old persons in their turn, when spirit dwells in them, have an intrinsic vitality of which youth is incapable; precisely the balance and wisdom that comes from long perspectives and broad foundations.       -George Santayana
A wise old owl sat on an oak,
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren't we like that wise old bird?

Edward Hersey Richards


A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he or she who fills our memory with rows on rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The voice of wisdom is inherent within us and willing to guide us when we stop to listen.  Of course, there are times when we feel we've been still as stone, and the still, small voice is still too quiet to hear.  When this happens, the challenge is to practice quieting your mind anyway.  Stopping and asking, quieting and listening, trusting and waiting.  Waiting is difficult but worth the effort because a quiet, uncluttered mind is a natural antenna for whispers of wisdom from within.        -Sue Patton Thoele
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.        -Khalil Gibran
Wisdom is rooted in the souls of human beings.  The way to acquire it is to follow the simple advice of Socrates:  "Know thyself."  This is the starting point for the establishment of a sense of human dignity, preventing the degradation of human beings into anonymous, interchangeable cogs in a machine.  The essence of true knowledge is self-knowledge.    - Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhism Day by Day

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