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Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions.
Cullen Hightower

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

The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
George Santayana

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
H. L. Mencken

Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant

And Job answered and said, No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
James Boswell

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Mahatma Gandhi

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Marcel Proust

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant

It is not white hair that engenders wisdom.

Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it.
Robbie Gass

The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.
Titus Maccius Plautus

A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top .
Author Unknown

Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools, Wisdom cannot be pass'd from one having it to another not having it, Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof.
Walt Whitman

No man is wise enough by himself.
Titus Maccius Plautus

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.
William Saroyan

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare

To speak as the common people do, to think as wise men do.
Roger Ascham

The wisdom of our ancestors.
Francis Bacon

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.
Abigail Van Buren

And the load commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
Bertrand Russell

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
Walter Lippman

Our experience is composed rathery of illusions that of wisdom acquired.
Joseph Roux

Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

Wisdom begins in wonder.

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

For all my education, accomplishments, and so called 'wisdom'… I can't fathom my own heart.
Michael Caine

The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions.
John A Simone, Jr.

For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared with it.

A wise man is out of the reach of fortune.
Sir Thomas Browne

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon

For old age is not honored for length of time, or measured by number of years; but understanding is gray hair for anyone, and a blameless life is ripe old age.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.

The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

To teach is to understand. To learn is wisdom. To learn together is understanding wisdom.
Sid Mendenhall

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Thomas Jefferson

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.

Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
Karl Kraus

The heart of the wise in in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.
John Henry Cardinal Newman

Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.

A wise man will desire no more than what he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly.
Benjamin Franklin

He taketh wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

Wise men are more dependent on fools than fools on wise men.

I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart Must hold both sisters, never seen apart.
William Cowper

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
W. R. Inge

Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.

No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.