Wisdom Quotes

74 of the best book quotes about wisdom
  1. #1
    “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”
  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
    It may be taken for granted that, rash as the Americans are, when they are prudent there is good reason for it.
  4. #4
    “Moths, and all sorts of ugly creatures, hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?”
  5. #5
    “A prince who is not wise himself will never take good advice.”
  6. #6
    “Men and their cubs are very wise. He may be a help in time.”
  7. #7
    “The old Once-ler still lives here. Ask him. He knows.”
  8. #8
    “There is beauty in compassion, but one must learn wisdom too.”
  9. #9
    “The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.”
  10. #10
    “There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; no wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, and proud men in old age learn to be wise.”
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More Than Balloons book
board book
More Than Balloons
The Rag Coat book
picture book
The Rag Coat
Penguin and Pinecone book
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Penguin and Pinecone
All the Places to Love book
picture book
All the Places to Love
The Trumpet of the Swan book
chapter book
The Trumpet of the Swan
Spot Loves His Daddy book
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Spot Loves His Daddy
Three Little Words book
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Three Little Words
Charlotte and the Rock book
picture book
Charlotte and the Rock
  1. #11
    “A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.”
  2. #12
    “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.”
  3. #13
    “Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”
  4. #14
    “No, that is the great fallacy, the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.”
  5. #15
    “And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”
  6. #16
    “It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them.”
  7. #17
    “Wash yourself of yourself.”
  8. #18
    “There is a basket of fresh bread on your head, yet you go door to door asking for crusts.”
  9. #19
    We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
  10. #20
    “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.”
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Little Red Riding Hood book
picture book
Little Red Riding Hood
The Rabbit Listened book
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The Rabbit Listened
Andi Unexpected book
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Andi Unexpected
Chimpanzees for Tea! book
picture book
Chimpanzees for Tea!
Strega Nona book
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Strega Nona
Listen, Buddy book
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Listen, Buddy
Telephone book
picture book
  1. #21
    “There’s not one wise man among twenty that will praise himself.”
  2. #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.”
  3. #23
    They are the magi.
  4. #24
    Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication.
  5. #25
    “Never hurry and never worry!”
  6. #26
    “There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart.”
  7. #27
    “Do the wise thing and the kind thing too, and make the best of us and not the worst.”
  8. #28
    “I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.”
  9. #29
    “No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.”
  10. #30
    “Prudence consists in knowing how to distinguish the character of troubles, and for choice to take the lesser evil.”
  1. #31
    “She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! Alas! She must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.”
  2. #32
    “From the errors of other nations, let us learn wisdom...”
  3. #33
    “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.”
  4. #34
    Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.
  5. #35
    “‘It has made me better loving you,’ he said on another occasion; ‘it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter.‘”
  6. #36
    “Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.”
  7. #37
    “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.”
  8. #38
    “Wise? No, I’ve just learned how to think.”
  9. #39
    “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.”
  10. #40
    “Fish don’t hold the sacred liquid in cups!
    They swim the huge fluid freedom.”
  1. #41
    “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
  2. #42
    “The wise warrior avoids the battle.”
  3. #43
    He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.
  4. #44
    “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.”
  5. #45
    “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
  6. #46
    “Angry people are not always wise.”
  7. #47
    “Sometimes you gwyne to git hurt, en sometimes you gwyne to git sick; but every time you’s gwyne to git well agin.”
  8. #48
    “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
  9. #49
    “Gandalf was shorter in stature than the other two; but his long white hair, his sweeping beard, and his broad shoulders, made him look like some wise king of ancient legend. In his aged face under great snowy brows his eyes were set like coals that could suddenly burst into fire.”
  10. #50
    “Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise.”
  1. #51
    “But do not despise the lore that has come down from distant years; for oft it may chance that old wives keep in memory word of things that once were needful for the wise to know.”
  2. #52
    “So, listen, to yourself and to those with whom you are speaking. Your wisdom then consists not of the knowledge you already have, but the continual search for knowledge, which is the highest form of wisdom.”
  3. #53
    “Miracles are like pimples, because once you start looking for them you find more than you ever dreamed you’d see.”
  4. #54
    Govinda said: “Still, oh Siddhartha, you love a bit to mock people, as it seems to me. I believe in you and know that you haven’t followed a teacher. But haven’t you found something by yourself, though you’ve found no teachings, you still found certain thoughts, certain insights, which are your own and which help you to live? If you would like to tell me some of these, you would delight my heart.”
    Quoth Siddhartha: “I’ve had thoughts, yes, and insight, again and again. Sometimes, for an hour or for an entire day, I have felt knowledge in me, as one would feel life in one’s heart. There have been many thoughts, but it would be hard for me to convey them to you. Look, my dear Govinda, this is one of my thoughts, which I have found: wisdom cannot be passed on. Wisdom which a wise man tries to pass on to someone always sounds like foolishness.”
  5. #55
    “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.”
  6. #56
    “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
  7. #57
    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.
  8. #58
    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.
  9. #59
    “Notice I didn’t specify what kind of doom, so no matter what happens, I predicted it. How very wise of me.”
  10. #60
    “They knew everything, the Brahmans and their holy books, they knew everything, they had taken care of everything and of more than everything, the creation of the world, the origin of speech, of food, of inhaling, of exhaling, the arrangement of the senses, the acts of the gods, they knew infinitely much—but was it valuable to know all of this, not knowing that one and only thing, the most important thing, the solely important thing?”
  1. #61
    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?
  2. #62
    “Knowledge can be conveyed, but not wisdom. It can be found, it can be lived, it is possible to be carried by it, miracles can be performed with it, but it cannot be expressed in words and taught.”
  3. #63
    “The wise speak only of what they know.”
  4. #64
    “He had started to suspect that his venerable father and his other teachers, that the wise Brahmans had already revealed to him the most and best of their wisdom, that they had already filled his expecting vessel with their richness, and the vessel was not full, the spirit was not content, the soul was not calm, the heart was not satisfied.”
  5. #65
    We that are young
    Shall never see so much, nor live so long.
  6. #66
    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.
  7. #67
    “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. #68
    “Do you hear?” Vasudeva’s mute gaze asked. Siddhartha nodded.
    “Listen better!” Vasudeva whispered.
  9. #69
    “But where were the Brahmans, where the priests, where the wise men or penitents, who had succeeded in not just knowing this deepest of all knowledge but also to live it?”
  10. #70
    “How did this girl come to be? I used to ask myself. Sometimes I thought she should be teaching me. She seems to be in touch with something that the rest of us are missing.”
  11. #71
    “There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.”
  12. #72
    “Vasudeva rose. “It is late,” he said, “let’s go to sleep. I can’t tell you that other thing, oh friend. You’ll learn it, or perhaps you know it already. See, I’m no learned man, I have no special skill in speaking, I also have no special skill in thinking. All I’m able to do is to listen and to be godly, I have learned nothing else. If I was able to say and teach it, I might be a wise man, but like this I am only a ferryman, and it is my task to ferry people across the river.” ”
  13. #73
    “She had a theory that it was only on this condition that life was worth living; that one should be one of the best, should be conscious of a fine organization, should move in the realm of light, of natural wisdom, of happy impulse, of inspiration gracefully chronic.”
  14. #74
    “I wish that you, oh exalted one, would not be angry with me,” said the young man. “I have not spoken to you like this to argue with you, to argue about words. You are truly right, there is little to opinions. But let me say this one more thing: I have not doubted in you for a single moment. I have not doubted for a single moment that you are Buddha, that you have reached the goal, the highest goal towards which so many thousands of Brahmans and sons of Brahmans are on their way. You have found salvation from death. It has come to you in the course of your own search, on your own path, through thoughts, through meditation, through realizations, through enlightenment. It has not come to you by means of teachings! And—thus is my thought, oh exalted one—nobody will obtain salvation by means of teachings! You will not be able to convey and say to anybody, oh venerable one, in words and through teachings what has happened to you in the hour of enlightenment! The teachings of the enlightened Buddha contain much, it teaches many to live righteously, to avoid evil. But there is one thing which these so clear, these so venerable teachings do not contain: they do not contain the mystery of what the exalted one has experienced for himself, he alone among hundreds of thousands. This is what I have thought and realized, when I have heard the teachings. This is why I am continuing my travels—not to seek other, better teachings, for I know there are none, but to depart from all teachings and all teachers and to reach my goal by myself or to die. But often, I’ll think of this day, oh exalted one, and of this hour, when my eyes beheld a holy man.”
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