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Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.  ~Elbert Hubbard


We can be Knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.  ~Michel de Montaigne


Wisdom begins at the end.  ~Daniel Webster


Patience is the companion of wisdom.  ~St. Augustine


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


Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.  ~David Star Jordan, The Philosophy of Despair


He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty.  ~Mary Wilson Little


Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age.  Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.  ~Tom Wilson


How can you be a sage if you're pretty?  You can't get your wizard papers without wrinkles.  ~Bill Veeck


The years teach much which the days never knew.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


When I can look Life in the eyes,
Grown calm and very coldly wise,
Life will have given me the Truth,
And taken in exchange - my youth.
~Sara Teasdale


The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.  ~Isaac Asimov, Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations, 1988


Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.  ~Juvenal, Satires


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


I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest.  ~John Buchan


It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.  ~A.A. Hodge


A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.  ~Author Unknown


A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.  ~Chinese Proverb


Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.  ~Norman Cousins


He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.  ~James Gibbons Huneker


Wisdom comes by disillusionment.  ~George Santayana


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


Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.  ~Tobias Smollett


Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.  ~William Wordsworth


The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.


Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.  ~Alfred Lord Tennyson


Wisdom outweighs any wealth.  ~Sophocles


If wisdom and diamonds grew on the same tree we could soon tell how much men loved wisdom.  ~Lemuel K. Washburn, Is The Bible Worth Reading And Other Essays, 1911


The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool..  ~William Shakespeare, As You Like It


One must spend time in gathering knowledge to give it out richly.  ~Edward C. Steadman


The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.  ~William James


It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.  ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld


Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.  ~Josh Billings


Wisdom is never on the menu, you have to own the restaurant.  ~Carrie Latet


The child, offered the mother's breast,
Will not in the beginning grab it;
But soon it clings to it with zest.
And thus at wisdom's copious breasts
You'll drink each day with greater zest.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Every wise man lives in an observatory.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.  ~Martin H. Fischer


A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.  ~Herb Caen


There is a wisdom of the head, and... a wisdom of the heart.  ~Charles Dickens


Common-sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.  ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge


No man was ever wise by chance.  ~Seneca


We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.  ~George Bernard Shaw


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