QUOTES about WISDOM and INTELLIGENCE

The wise need not vaunt their knowledge; their wisdom speaks for itself. Charles Dunn 

Brainy peers inevitably seek the wise one among them. Ben M. Cotton

It is never for their wisdom that one loves the wisest. Hester Lynch Piozzi

Some find dogs far more appealing than people in that dogs wag their tails rather than their tongues. Anon

When men succeed, even their neighbors think them wise. Pindar

It is easy to be wise on behalf of others than to be so for ourselves. Rochefoucauld

Since the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned, yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves. Thomas Hobbes

Common sense suits itself to the ways of the world. Wisdom tries to confirm to the ways of heaven. Joseph Joubert

It is no weakness for the wisest man to learn when he is wrong. Sophocles

As an adult, you know that you give up a little piece of yourself whenever you have to tolerate circumstances that, before they occur, are completely outside the realm of the imagination. A crack appears in the foundation on which your own personality rests. And yet, adapting is the only correct response available, as it ensures your survival. Quote Source: 3,096 Days by Natascha Kampusch

Celebrities take credit for reciting brainy quotes; however it is the tea-trolley girl that has the wisdom to write them. Chi 

A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men. Plato

The tongue of a wise man lies behind his heart. Talib

There are more fools than wise men, and even in a wise man there is more folly than wisdom. Nicolas Chamfort

Men who love wisdom should acquaint themselves with a great many particulars. Heraclitus

Wise men are not wise at all times. Emerson

The scholar is early acquainted with every department of the impossible. John Ruskin

Though sages may pour out their wisdom’s treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure. Byron

Reason commands us far more imperiously than a master; in disobeying the latter we are made unhappy, in disobeying the former, fools. Pascal

There are two things to aim at in life; first, to get what you want, and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. Logan Pearsall Smith

It would be a great reform in politics if perception could be made to spread as easily and as rapidly as foolishness. Sir Winston Churchill 

Savoir-faire has two components; the first that we must set-right most things; the second that we must not set-right too much. Marcia Bona Bowen  

The rich man can afford to be happy and wise; the poor man is wiser still, for he understands sadness. Henry Chase

There’s no one as transparent as the person who thinks he’s devilish deep. Somerset Maugham

Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Emerson

Life is a festival only to the wise. Emerson

We pay a high price for intelligence. Wisdom hurts. Euripides 

Knowledge is the parent of love; wisdom, love itself. Julius Charles Hare

Mystery is not profoundness. Charles Caleb Colton

Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it. Herman Hesse

The world is plentiful with honey, but only the humble bee can collect it. Emerson

Fortune seldom troubles the wise man. Reason has controlled his greatest and most important affairs, controls them throughout his life, and will continue to control them. Epicurus

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are. George Santayana

The sage has one advantage: he is immortal. If this is not his century, many others will be. Baltasar Gracian

How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise. Homer 

He is no wise man who cannot play the fool occasionally. Thomas Fuller

If it be true that a man is rich who wants nothing, a wise man is a very rich man. LA Bruyere 

Patience is the companion of wisdom. Saint Augustine

Intelligence is characterized by a natural incomprehension of life. Henri Bergson

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Bible Quotes, Psalms 111:10

Those who are held Wise among men and who search the reasons of things, are those who bring the most sorrow on themselves. Euripides

Once, I gloried in my intelligence; now I savor my wisdom. Evelyn Greer

If you expect the wise man to be as angry as the baseness of crimes requires, then he must not only be angry but go insane. Seneca

Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. Hal Borland 

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. Cicero

The true sage is not he who sees, but he who, seeing the furthest, has the deepest love for mankind. Maurice Maeterlinck

Reach for the stars, even if it means falling through the treetops. Quote source unknown

Knowing what is right does not make a sagacious man. Aristotle

Wisdom comes alone through suffering. Aeschylus

Nine-Tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. Theodore Roosevelt

It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man. Xenophanes

The first mark of intelligence, to be sure, is not to start things; the second mark of intelligence is to pursue to the end what you have started. Franklin Edgerton

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. Phaedrus

Anger may glance into the breast of a wise man, but rests only in the bosom of fools. David Stark

It is the fashion to style the present moment an extraordinary crisis. Benjamin Disraeli 

I never cared who scored the goal, or which side won the silver cup. I never learned to bat or bowl; but I heard the curtain going up. Noel Coward

All brainy men are birds of prey. Proverb

We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears. Quote source Unknown 

There is no such thing as a peace of soul approach to religion. It makes of God a gigantic Bayer Aspirin; take God three times a day and you won’t feel any pain. John Powell

Quotes for the mind are helpless without wisdom. John Fielding

The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves. Oscar Wilde

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. Thoreau

Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not. Laurence Sterne

Wisdom is a solid and entire building, of which every piece keeps its place and bears its mark. Montaigne

Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is yours. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear, and with a manly heart. Longfellow

He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions. Samuel Johnson

Women never use their intelligence, except when they need to prop up their intuition. Jacques Deval 

A man should have any number of little aims about which he should be conscious and for which he should have names, but he should have neither name for, nor consciousness concerning the main aim of his life. Samuel Butler

He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense. Joseph Conrad

If people waited to know one another before they married, the world wouldn't be as overpopulated as it is now. Somerset Maugham 

He that in the ordinary affairs of life would admit of nothing but direct plain demonstration would be sure of nothing in this world but of perishing quickly. John Locke

Men almost universally have acknowledged providence, but that fact has had no force to destroy natural aversions and fears in the presence of events. Santayana

There is as much wisdom in the desire of being instructed as there is in the knowledge. Source: Mistress of Charlecote: the memoirs of Mary Elizabeth Lucy

Logic is like the sword; those who appeal to it shall perish by it. Samuel Butler

Be wisely worldly, be not worldly wise. Francis Quarles

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

Wisdom had rather be buffeted than not listened to. Syrus

The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill-temper. Nietzsche

One good head is better than a hundred strong hands. Thomas Fuller 

The profound thinker always suspects that he is superficial. Benjamin Disraeli

A man is not a wall, whose stones are crushed upon the road; or a pipe, whose fragments are thrown away at a street corner. The fragments of an intellect are always good. George Sand

Your intelligence often bears the same relation to your heart as the library of a chateau does to its owner. Nicolas Chamfort

If the human intellect functions, it is actually in order to solve the problems which the man’s inner destiny sets it. Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Dancer Isadora Duncan, seated next to playwright George Bernard at a dinner told him that together they could create the ideal child, given his brains and her body.” “But,  Miss Duncan,” he replied, “what if instead the child ended up with my body and your brains?”

The greatest intelligence is precisely the one that suffers the most from its own limitations. Andre Gide

There a few frustrations greater than speaking with an intelligent man who lacks wisdom. Grant Dudley

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal

A great maxim of personal responsibility and mature achievement: “Do it yourself” is now the enthroned cliché for being occupied with nonessentials. Louis Kronenberger  

Success comes more quickly to the entrepreneur that follows his instincts rather than following the progress of his competitors.  Sir Alan Sugar

The educated man is not adept in all things, but the adequate man is proficient and enduring even to unfamiliarity. Jason Conrad

Two evils, of almost equal weight, may befall the man of erudition; never to be listened to, and to be listened to always. Walter Savage Landor

Science has always promised two things not necessarily related; an increase first in our powers, second in our happiness or wisdom, and we have come to realize that it is the first and less important of the two promises which it has kept most abundantly. Joseph Wood Krutch

We carry with us the wonders we seek without us. Sir Thomas Browne

Self-trust is the essence of heroism. Emerson

Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles. Washington Irving

There is the silence of age, too full of wisdom for the tongue to utter it in words intelligible to those who have not lived the great range of life. Edgar Lee Masters

Defer not till tomorrow to be wise; tomorrow’s sun to thee may never rise. William Congreve 

He who lives by fighting with the enemy has an interest in preserving the enemy’s life. Nietzsche 

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes; but quickly to see how to make them good. Bertolt Brecht

Wisdom loves the children of men, but she prefers those who come through foolishness to wisdom. Paul Tillich

It is wisdom sometimes to seem a fool. Thomas Fuller

A good mind possesses a kingdom. Seneca

All the glory of greatness has no luster for people who are in search of understanding. Pascal

When you are in love you are not wise or, when you are wise you are not in love. Syrus

DEFINITION and MEANING
Wisdom involves a level of understanding beyond learning, intelligence or intellect.  It is gained, over-all, through life and experience.  At times, while painful, we learn from having been betrayed, deceived, or in some way violated. Thus, many people who have never read one book can acquire a far greater commonsense view of the world than one who has lived in an isolated castle or fortress of academia.


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