Wisdom Quotes: Pearls of Insight for a Life of Depth and Understanding

Hazel O'Connor
Wisdom is the distilled essence of experiences and insights, a guiding light through the complexities of life. These quotes aim to provide a spark of understanding and a touch of enlightenment.
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Wisdom is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it.


True wisdom comes from understanding the breadth of our ignorance.


The wise man knows that he knows nothing, the fool thinks he knows all.


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


Wisdom is the art of knowing what to overlook.


Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience and wisdom follows it close behind.


Wisdom is the daughter of experience.


The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.


Wisdom begins in wonder.


The wise plant seeds of possibility, not just for harvest, but for the lessons learned in their cultivation.


To attain wisdom, remove things every day; not add them, as simplicity is a jewel of wisdom.


The heart of wisdom is constant questioning.


He who learns but does not think, is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.


Wisdom is the sunrise of the mind.


Wisdom is a shelter as money is, but the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.


The fool speaks, the wise man listens.


Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.


Patience is the companion of wisdom.


To be wise, one must seek diverse counsel and weigh it with a humble heart.


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.


Wisdom is not a product of the intellect but of the soul's experiences.


Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.


Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.


The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.


Do not seek wisdom in the stars, for the light by which you read them is within you.


Wisdom is the right use of knowledge.


Wisdom is a journey, not a destination.


The greatest wisdom is in simplicity.


Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.


Knowledge comes from learning; wisdom comes from living.


The wise does at once what the fool does at last.


Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech.


Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.


Wisdom sails with wind and time.


Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.


Wisdom comes not from age, but from education and learning.


It is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.


One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.


Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.


Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.


The wisest men follow their own direction.


What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?


Wisdom is when you give yourself the advice you would give to someone else.


In youth we learn; in age we understand.


Wisdom without action is like a tree without fruit.


Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.


Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.


Wisdom outweighs any wealth.


The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.


Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.


No man was ever wise by chance.


The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility.


Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.


The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.


Wisdom is not just about knowing what to do, but also what not to do.


He who knows others is learned; He who knows himself is wise.


The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.


Wisdom is having things right in your life and knowing why.


A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.


Wisdom isn’t passed down in books but through the lessons of life.


There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.


To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.


Wisdom is better than weapons of war.


The next best thing to wisdom is talking about wisdom.


Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.


Wisdom comes by disillusionment.


The wise man has long ears and a short tongue.


Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body.


Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools speak because they have to say something.


From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.


Error is the discipline through which we advance.


The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.


The wise man knows his fate; the fool merely finds it.


A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.


It is said that wisdom lies not in seeing things, but seeing through things.


It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.


Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning.


Desire to know why, and to object; but do not blindly follow.


Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.


Every man is a fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists of not exceeding that limit.


The invariable mark of wisdom is seeing the miraculous in the common.


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


Wisdom often consists of knowing what to do next.


Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.


To live without philosophizing is in truth the same as keeping the eyes closed without attempting to open them.


The fool wonders, the wise man asks.


Turn your wounds into wisdom.


Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.


Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her.


Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.


Wisdom comes from living out of the knowledge stored up in the mind.


Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.


Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.


Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.


Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too self-ful to seek other than itself.


Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish.


PUBLISHED: Feb 16, 2024
Written By
Hazel O'Connor
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