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Best Wisdom Quotes of All Time

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Best Wisdom Quotes of All Time

This article brings to you some of the best Wisdom Quotes with meaning.

One of the most overrated and most addressed abstract ideas in this world is wisdom. Wisdom cannot be defined with any accurate definition. However, we can loosely understand that wisdom is a deeper tolerance of the different uncertainties we encounter in our life in the past, present and the future. Wisdom has three components in it. They are three components, namely cognitive components, reflective components and prosocial components, respectively. Cognitive components comprise knowledge and experience. Reflective components are the ability of a person to examine and reflect, contemplate situations of their own, and prosocial components comprise the ability to make meaning, be altruistic in nature, and display compassion in situations. The concept of knowledge and intelligence is widely confused with wisdom, and people often fail to understand that knowledge and intelligence are components of wisdom. 

Life experience determines how much wisdom a person can gain. People often claim that with age comes wisdom. However, many types of research, researchers, and surveys say that age has nothing to do with a person's wisdom. The experience of an eighty-year man living in a first-world nation will have nothing to do with the experience of an eight-year-old boy living in a third nation. Therefore, this example shows us that with age, one cannot gain experience. To become wise, one can make sure they take a few steps which can make them wise in life. Always make sure you are conscious of your surroundings and be aware of them in every situation possible. They must learn from their mistakes and be aware of the fact of who is a toxic person in any situation. In many situations, you can be the toxic person itself. 

Wisdom is said to have many forms, and they are of three types. They are practical wisdom, philosophical wisdom and benevolent wisdom. People who have shown practical wisdom in history are Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin, philosophical wisdom are Socrates, and King Solomon and benevolent wisdom are Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Jr. They provide great insights into life and how they look at life is what makes them very unique. 

There are always several religious perspectives on how wisdom is seen in life. As far as Indian religions are concerned, they believe that things should be taken and perceived as what is in nature. In Buddhism, a person is considered to be wise if they have good bodily conduct, good verbal conduct and good mental conduct. A wise person's actions must always give good results at the end of the day. As far as mainstream Hinduism is concerned, God Saraswathi is the goddess of knowledge, and Lord Ganesha is considered as the God of wisdom because of his intellectual ideas. Wisdom gives a good vibration including positivity, happiness, self-motivation etc. of the humans and with the help of these qualities as a human, we attain liberation. Here are some of the best Wisdom Quotes.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing ~ Socrates

In our life, we meet several people who think they know everything in this world. However, a wise person acknowledges he or she knows nothing in this world. 

Your mind controls and determines your life achievements. Success - both in personal and professional life - depends on the quality of your mind. ~ Benny Zhang

Our mind is responsible for many things, including our achievements. However, the wisdom in our mind can be utilized only with good mental health. 

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate. ~ Thornton Wilder

One of the greatest quotes on life and wisdom is this quote where we understand it is important to enjoy the moment we are alive without questioning it. 

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity. ~ Calvin Coolidge

There is a real difference between wisdom and knowledge, and knowledge comes and leaves as it is very difficult to remember too much. Wisdom, however, lingers and stays with hard work.

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

A person's character is more than a person's wisdom and is determined by how they act when they are alone. When we are alone, our real character is exposed.

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. ~ John F. Kennedy

We live and look at the world through the series of experiences we gain and wisdom based on our experiences. Wisdom is also showing gratitude whenever possible. 

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. ~ David Starr Jordan

As humans, we are almost expecting and anticipating our future, and the wisdom we have makes us aware of what to do next, but it is a person's character to do it or not. 

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

A person who is full of wisdom and knowledge can be the only one who can understand another person who is knowledgeable, intelligent, bubbling with wisdom. 

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Anyone in the world can pretend like he or she is filled with wisdom. However, they are the most dangerous people in this world because of their pretending attitude.  

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

There are a set of skills and behavioural attitudes we term as common sense. Common sense and wisdom do not have much difference, and they are quite similar. 

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

True wisdom cannot be learnt in a single day from a website or textbook. However, it is learnt from a series of events from our day to day life.

Wisdom is found only in truth. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The idea of truth differs from one person to another, and a person's wisdom level depends on what is the truth they perceive in their life.

Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance. ~ Jean de La Fontaine

Judging a person based on their physical appearance is not advisable as wisdom is an abstract idea that cannot be seen with a naked eye.

Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more. ~ William Cowper

A person can be very haughty and proud that they are very knowledgeable. On the other hand, people who are wise are never proud as they know there is so much more to learn in this world.

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

Wisdom is what we learn through experience and listening instead of communicating and arguing in random moments in our life. If you are a good listener, one will definitely be a wise person.

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Knowledge is based on bookish knowledge that we gain from our childhood age, and it doesn't stay much longer than the wisdom or morals we learn from it. 

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Wisdom begins in wonder. ~ Socrates

There are many things in this world which we do not know and are left undiscovered. Only when we wonder all these things do we begin to gain wisdom.

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. ~ Khalil Gibran

Wisdom is very subjective, and a good guide or teacher will always make sure that a student will learn their own lessons of wisdom instead of learning the teacher's piece of wisdom.

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

A six-year-old boy can be more mature than a sixty-year-old man. This proves that wisdom doesn't come with age but with experience and situations, one is exposed to in their life. 

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. ~ H. L. Mencken

As we age, we realize that wisdom does come with age in a few instances as people are exposed to more bad situations in their lives at very bad timing. 

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our ignorance. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Humans can be very unaware of the fact that they are ignorant in life, and when one realizes they are ignorant, they begin to gain wisdom as days pass by. 

Memory is the mother of all wisdom. ~ Aeschylus

Having a great memory is one of the greatest advantages of any person as it helps them to retain every inch of the wisdom they learn in their day to day life. 

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. ~ Lao Tzu

Wisdom is something that we learn from the outside world. Knowing what one wants for themselves is called Enlightenment. Both differ greatly, and they serve a different purpose.

Never does nature says one thing and wisdom another. ~ Juvenal

We live in a part of nature where everything we learn is from it. Nature and wisdom are quite related to each other, and we can so much from nature which becomes wisdom in the latter part.

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. ~ Phil Jackson

A pen and a sharp mind is always stronger or at least strong as physical strength. A pen and a sharp mind denote wisdom here in this quote.

To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not. ~ Akhenaton

The greatest wisdom one can ever have is that the minimum the riches a person has is the maximum he or she can be happy. Only a person with a contented mind will be able to find the hidden treasure of wisdom. 

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Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you. ~ Aldous Huxley

Our life is just a series of events where we react to things that happen to us. This gives us the experience, and experiences ultimately gives us wisdom.

The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching. ~ Joseph Smith, Jr.

Spirituality is one of the ways to attain the wisdom one deserves, and anything from books like truth or wisdom is not considered wisdom at all. Spirituality is closely linked with wisdom too. 

Turn your wounds into wisdom. ~ Oprah Winfrey

There can be many wounds a person has due to many obstacles, and these wounds can be healed, and the scar can be erased only when they gain wisdom. 

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

Wisdom should make a person emotional, and philosophy should make a person laugh at themselves, and fame is something that should make a person grounded. 

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. ~ Confucius

There are always some virtuous qualities that are associated with humans, which makes them moral. Wisdom, compassion, courage are some of those moral qualities. 

Patience is the companion of wisdom. ~ Saint Augustine

Patience and wisdom are closely related to each other, and it is a universal fact that wisdom arrives at your doorstep only if you are patient enough. 

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. ~ Confucius

Confucius, in this quote, gives three methods through which one can attain wisdom. The first method is through self-reflection, which is the most extraordinary of all. The second is through imitation, where you see and imitate a wise person. This is considered the easiest of all methods to attain wisdom. The last method is through experience, which is difficult of all as it can be very bitter.

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

Too much of anything is considered as nothing, and it can go waste any minute. Whenever you consume too much of something you are not supposed to, then it will definitely result badly.

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. ~ Khalil Gibran

There is always a limit to attain anything in one life, but wisdom can be attained at any stage at any point. However, when we are very proud of its wisdom ceases to become wise in our mind. 

Few more Wisdom Quotes...

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. ~ Bertrand Russe

Hesitation, contemplation, procrastination, personal doubt and fear of failure are a few things that keep us away from attaining wisdom. The moment you overcome all these, you can easily attain wisdom. 

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience and wisdom are correlated with each other as wisdom cannot be attained in a single day. With patience comes peace, and with peace comes our wisdom. This is the lesson nature has been teaching us since our childhood.

This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The maximum freedom a person can earn in their life is when they realize they have the freedom and a life of their own with which they can conquer the battle they face every day.

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it - thou art a fool. ~ Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

People who are hungry for wisdom and want to earn it are considered wise, and the people who imagine they have attained wisdom and is enough are said to be fools. 

To win without risk is to triumph without glory. ~ Pierre Corneille

On the battlefield of competitions in our daily life, we always want to win no matter what the risk is, which is very glorious in nature. 

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

There are many situations in our life where we act very stupid, and it is the wisdom that comes to our rescue in such circumstances. 

Wisdom comes by disillusionment. ~ George Santayana

It is very rare for one to achieve wisdom out of clarity and a clear state of mind. Where there are trouble and obstacles, a person becomes disillusioned, which leads to wisdom. 

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. ~ Horace

Bookish information and ideas turn into knowledge that is mugged and mean nothing. Wisdom is not equal to bookish knowledge, and not everyone is aware of this.

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. ~ Robert Frost

As far as literature is concerned, a poem can be read and analyzed for fun however, at the end of it, we will always be hit by a great deal of wisdom. 

The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one. ~ Honore de Balzac

Chivalry is one of the concepts familiar with men who strive hard to gain as much wisdom as possible and love only a few around them.

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

There are two types of wisdom a person can acquire in their life. Wisdom of heart is based on our emotions, feelings and vulnerability, whereas the wisdom of the head is based on learnt lessons and experiences. 

The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

At the end of the day, we will realize that we become what others perceive us, and we become the way they treat us.

The doors of wisdom are never shut. ~ Benjamin Franklin

There is never a strict age limit to learn new things in our life as the doors of wisdom never shut, and we can always learn new things at any age at any time period of our life. 

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. ~ Hermann Hesse

Knowledge is an abstract idea that can be passed on from one generation to another. However, wisdom cannot be taught or communicated as it has to be lived by a person in their life.

Man's wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy. ~ William Temple

In our life, we always need a best friend who can be our source of wisdom, and our stupidity in random situations can be our worst enemy.   

Overall, these are few quotes on wisdom written by great philosophers, authors, writers, which are to date quoted widely. We can also learn and gain wisdom from the wisdom quotes too. 


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