In honor of the removal of my wisdom teeth (see previous post for an explanation) I am sharing what others much wiser than me have written about wisdom:
“To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” – Norman Cousins
“Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.” – Plato
“What you think of yourself is much more important than what others think of you” – Seneca
“Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have -get understanding. ” Proverbs 4:7
“I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest.” –John Buchan
“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.” – Sandra Carey
“An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is colorblind.” –Albert Schweitzer
“A child’s hand in yours — what tenderness it arouses, what power it conjures. You are instantly the very touchstone of power and wisdom.”- Marjorie Holmes
“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. “-Confucius
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” -William Shakespeare, As You Like It
“Wisdom begins in wonder.” –Socrates
“There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.” –Charles Dickens
And to finish on a lighter note:
“A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.”
“Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them.” Samuel Palmer
Jean Wise says
Not as wise as the ones quoted here, though. and less less minus her wisdom teeth!
Johnnie Donley says
What Karen said!
Ah, such wise words from a wise woman. Pun-intended…:) Good quotes as always.