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Wisdom Quotes

48 of the best book quotes about wisdom
  1. #1
    “The old Once-ler still lives here. Ask him. He knows.”
  2. #2
    “If he is old enough to ask the question he is old enough to receive true answers. I am not putting the thoughts into his head, but helping him unfold those already there. These children are wiser than we are...”
  3. #3
    “Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures, hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?”
  4. #4
    “There is beauty in compassion, but one must learn wisdom too.”
  5. #5
    “Men and their cubs are very wise. He may be a help in time.”
  6. #6
    “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”
  7. #7
    “A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.”
  8. #8
    “There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart.”
  1. #9
    “I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.”
  2. #10
    “There is a basket of fresh bread on your head, yet you go door to door asking for crusts.”
  3. #11
    “No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.”
  4. #12
    “Wash yourself of yourself.”
  5. #13
    “Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. I confess, my dear fellow, that I am very much in your debt.”
  6. #14
    “Do the wise thing and the kind thing too, and make the best of us and not the worst.”
  7. #15
    “Had you been as wise as bold,
    Young in limbs, in judgement old,
    Your answer had not been inscrolled.
    Fare you well, your suit is cold.”
  8. #16
    We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
  1. #17
    “It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them.”
  2. #18
    “There’s not one wise man among twenty that will praise himself.”
  3. #19
    “No, that is the great fallacy, the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.”
  4. #20
    They are the magi.
  5. #21
    “Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”
  6. #22
    “As a kid, you learn to measure long before you understand the size or value of anything. Eventually, if you’re lucky, you learn that you’ve been measuring all wrong.”
  7. #23
    “Never hurry and never worry!”
  8. #24
    “She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.”
  1. #25
    Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication.
  2. #26
    “It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.”
  3. #27
    “Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.”
  4. #28
    “The answer is logic. Or, to put it another way, the ability to reason analytically. Applied properly, it can overcome any lack of wisdom, which one only gains through age and experience.”
  5. #29
    “Wise? No, I’ve just learned how to think.”
  6. #30
    “I am so small I can barely be seen.
    How can this great love be inside me?
    Look at your eyes. They are small,
    but they see enormous things.”
  7. #31
    “Fish don’t hold the sacred liquid in cups!
    They swim the huge fluid freedom.”
  8. #32
    “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
  1. #33
    “The wise warrior avoids the battle.”
  2. #34
    He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.
  3. #35
    “Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.”
  4. #36
    “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
  5. #37
    “Angry people are not always wise.”
  6. #38
    “Sometimes you gwyne to git hurt, en sometimes you gwyne to git sick; but every time you’s gwyne to git well agin.”
  7. #39
    “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
  8. #40
    “Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I’ve a right to be hurt, I don’t intend to show it.”
  1. #41
    “Notice I didn’t specify what kind of doom, so no matter what happens, I predicted it. How very wise of me.”
  2. #42
    As I ate she began the first of what we later called “my lessons in living.” She said that I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and even more intelligent than college professors. She encouraged me to listen carefully to what country people called mother wit. That in those homely sayings was couched the collective wisdom of generations.
  3. #43
    You see I kept asking myself then: why am I so stupid that if others are stupid—and I know they are—yet I won’t be wiser?
  4. #44
    The magi, as you know, were wise men—wonderfully wise men—who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents.
  5. #45
    “Miracles are like pimples, because once you start looking for them you find more than you ever dreamed you’d see.”
  6. #46
    “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
  7. #47
    “Those friends who knew, laughed to scorn the idea that Marguerite St. Just had married a fool for the sake of the worldly advantages with which he might endow her. They knew, as a matter of fact, that Marguerite St. Just cared nothing about money, and still less about a title.”
  8. #48
    And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. . . . Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.
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