Wisdom refers to a quality of character or mind.  Wisdom is being able to apply knowledge, theory, and experience with insight and good judgment.  Wisdom, a deep knowledge of what is right, can be about truth or goodness.  Wisdom can also refer to the body of knowledge and experience passed on from previous generations within a culture, or across cultures, that equips one to make wise choices and live a good life.

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Intelligence, guided by kindness, is the highest wisdom. . . .

— Robert Ingersoll

Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Grief can awaken us to new values and new and deeper appreciations. Grief can cause us to reprioritize things in our lives, to recognize what’s really important and put it first. Grief can heighten our gratitude as we cease taking the gifts life bestows on us for granted. Grief can give us the wisdom of being with death. Grief can make death the companion on our left who guides us and gives us advice. None of this growth makes the loss good and worthwhile, but it is the good that comes out of the bad.

— Roger Bertschausen, Beyond Absence: A Treasury Of Poems, Quotations, And Readings On Death And Remembrance

Integrity involves both the uniqueness of who I am as a person and the integration of the values and wisdom that guide me.

— Ronald J. Greer, If You Know Who You Are, You Will Know What to Do

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

— Rumi

It’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.

— Sam Levenson

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

— Samuel Johnson

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

All my life I have been raised among the wise, and I have found nothing better for the body than silence. The essential thing is not study, but deed.

— Shimon ben Gabliel, Pirkei Avot

Who is wise? One who learns from everyone…. Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations…. Who is rich? One who is happy with his lot…. Who is honorable? One who honors his fellows….

— Simeon Ben Zoma, Pirkei Avot

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

— Socrates

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

— Socrates

Wisdom begins in wonder.

— Socrates

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, & the world around us.

— Socrates

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

— Sophocles

A short saying often contains much wisdom.

— Sophocles

Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.

— Stephen Covey

Continually trying to look at the bright side interferes with our finding the wisdom that lies in the fruitful darkness. Continually striving upward toward the light means we never grow downward into our own feet, never become firmly rooted on the earth, never explore the darkness within and around us, a darkness without whose existence the light would have no meaning.

— Stephen Harrod Buhner

Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant.

— Stephen Sigmund

Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant.

— Stephen Sigmund

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.

— Stephen Vincent Benét

An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.

— Sydney J. Harris

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

— T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

This is the way of the wise to be humble and of a contrite spirit. Be like the bed of the ocean, which retains its water ; like the earthen vessel, which preserves the wine; like the threshold, over which every one steps ; and like the peg on the wall, on which every one hangs his cloak.

— Talmud

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.

— Theodore Isaac Rubin, A Revolution in Kindness

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.

— Thomas J. Watson

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.

— Thomas Jefferson

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

— Thomas Jefferson

He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.

— Tryon Edwards

Some of the best lessons we ever learn we learn from our mistakes and failures. The error of the past is the wisdom of the future.

— Tryon Edwards

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

— Umberto Eco

These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.

— Vernon Cooper

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.

— Voltaire
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