pearls of wisdom

In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth – teaching others.

Ibn Gabrial (1022 – 1058)


We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom.

Michel Montaigne (1533 – 1592)


What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

Rousseau (1712 – 1778)


Knowing is not enough; we must apply.

Willing is not enough; we must do.



Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Will Durant


Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.

B.F. Skinner


An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.

Anatole France


We don’t know a million of one percent about anything.

Thomas Alva Edison


The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the whish to teach himself.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton


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

Walter Lippman


Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.

Vernon Law


A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.

Fred Allen


Don’t tell people how to do things.

Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.

George S. Patton


Experience is what enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

Earl Wilson


If robots get too powerful, we can organize them in a committee. That will do them in.



If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.



No matter what the problem is, it’s always a people problem.

Jerry Weinberg


By three metods we may learn wisdom:

First, by reflection, which is noblest;

Second, by imitation, which is easiest;

And third, by experience, which is the bitterest.



Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Immanuel Kant


Example isn’t the another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.

Albert Einstein


My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.



The opposite of a profound statement is a false statement.

But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.

Niels Bohr


The days of the digital watch are numbered.

Tom Stoppard


99 % of lawyers give the rest a bad name.