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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 (in A 5-Year-Old's Reflection On Life & Death)

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. --Proust (in The Winter Pilgrim)

Beautiful are those whose brokenness gives birth to transformation and wisdom. --John Mark Green (in Three Stories of Healing and Transformation)

A little foolishness, enough to enjoy life and a little wisdom to avoid the errors, that will do. --Osho (in Untitled)

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom. --Walter Benjamin (in The Elder Wisdom Circle)

To learn and never be filled, is wisdom; to teach and never be weary, is love. --Unknown (in The 12-year-old Headmistress)

Life offers its wisdom generously. Everything teaches. Not everyone learns. --Rachel Naomi Remen (in The Literary Physician & How Stories Heal)

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. --Ansel Adams (in A Manifesto for Living)

To know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. --Henri Amiel (in Secrets of the Very Very Old)

The final piece of reaching for authentic power is releasing your own to a higher form of wisdom. --Gary Zukav (in The Power Paradox)

Wisdom and knowledge are not the same thing. The intellect can never lead one to a complete insight. One has to use one's entire being to come into contact with the truth. --Huineng (in Untitled)

Life is the only real counseler; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue. --Edith Wharton (in 41 Letters To Younger Selves)

You are a deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was. --Anthon St. Maarten (in Seth Godin: On the Art of Noticing & Creating)

Intelligence alone does not get us where we need to or even necessarily where we want to go. For that, the human creature must exercise harder-won capacities of wisdom, and wise action. --Krista Tippett (in The Mystery and Art of Living)

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied. --Herophilus (in Grand Challenges)

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied. --Herophilus (in Nonprofit Pharmaceutical)

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. --James Allen (in Stop! Calm Down! Think!)

The world is too small, our wisdom too limited, our time here too short, to waste any more of it in winning fleeting victories at other people’s expense. We have to now find a way to triumph together. --Bill Clinton (in Bill Clinton & My Commitment)

It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom. --A. de Saint Exupery (in Untitled)

The interdependency of humankind, the relevance of relationship, the sacredness of creation is ancient, ancient wisdom. --Rebecca Adamson (in Synagogue a Mosque During Ramadan)

The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind. --Ella Wheeler Wilcox (in Interior Designing for Kindness!)

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. --Keshavan Nair (in What Makes A Hero?)

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery. --Samuel Smiles (in Listening to Failure)

Life is a gift of nature; but beautiful living is the gift of wisdom. --Greek Adage (in 1 Piece of Advice)

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. --Henry Miller (in Don't Just Stand There, Think!)

Life is a gift of nature; but beautiful living is the gift of wisdom. --Greek Adage (in 70 Words of Wisdom for 2010)

Little by little wean yourself. This is the gist of what I have to say. From an embryo, whose nourishment comes in the blood, move to an infant drinking milk, to a child on solid food, to a searcher after wisdom, to a hunter of more invisible game. --Rumi (in Small Change, Big Difference)

My experience with these groups is that the stronger the collective wisdom present, the stronger my sense of unique individuality -- only now it's within the context of the whole rather than separate from the whole. --Tom Callanan (in Discovering Collective Wisdom)

Blessed are you when you enjoyed the company of elderly people. They are always ready to share their rich experience and wisdom with young people. --Lailah Gifty Akita (in Boston's High School & Senior Center in One)

Kill therefore with the sword of wisdom the doubt born of ignorance that lies in thy heart. Be one in self-harmony. Arise, great warrior, arise. --Bhagavad Gita (in Untitled)

Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. And between the two my life flows. --Nisargadatta Maharaj (in Untitled)

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. --Immanuel Kant (in Monks' Brains During Meditation)

Every suffering is a seed, because suffering impels us to seek wisdom. --Bodhidharma (in Soul For Sale)

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. --Immanuel Kant (in South Africa's Free Science Texts)

Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. And between the two my life flows. --Nisargadatta Maharaj (in Valentine's Day Wisdom)

Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
and between the two my life moves. --Nisargadatta Maharaj
(in The Man Who Wasn't There: Explorations at the Edge of Self)

We rely upon artists to articulate what most of us can only feel in joy and sorrow. Whenever I feel my courage wavering I rush to them. They will give me the wisdom of acceptance, the will and resilience to push on. --Helen Hayes (in Giving Slums a Human Face)

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it. --David Starr Jordan (in Fostering Virtue)

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. --Lin Yutang (in Shared Shopping Sabbatical)

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. --Lao Tzu (in Untitled)

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment. --Lao Tzu (in The God Gene)

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. --Reinhold Niebuhr (in The Limits of Control)

Wisdom is a love affair with questions. Knowledge is a love affair with answers. --Julio Olalla (in A Love Affair With Questions)

Being brittle and hard is easy; It takes courage to be kind. Being stingy and selfish comes naturally to the weak; It takes strength to be compassionate. Holding on to the self is not wisdom; It takes faith to let go. Doubts and fear are greed for benefit; It takes giving to be happy. --Rev. Heng Sure (in It Takes Giving)

It is no longer enough to be smart -- all the technological tools in the world add meaning and value only if they enhance our core values, the deepest part of our heart. Acquiring knowledge is no guarantee of practical, useful application. Wisdom implies a mature integration of appropriate knowledge, a seasoned ability to filter the inessential from the essential. --Doc Childre and Bruce Crye (in A Call To Practical Wisdom)

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. --Charlie Parker (in The Strings of Soweto)

I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love. --Gandhi's Prayer For Peace (in Untitled)

Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? --T. S. Eliot (in Untitled)

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. --Tao Te Ching (in Intelligence Is Overrated: What It Really Takes to Succeed)

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. --Lao Tzu (in Six Ways to Become A Wise Leader)


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