However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue.

Wilhelm Von Humboldt

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

Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.

Oprah Winfrey

Wisdom seldom consorts with extravagance.


Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decrease in bitterness

Friedrich Nietzsche

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

Greek Proverb

Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, "Just watch!"

Bill Bradley

The Ancients subjected themselves to a fierce discipline of detachment from public opinion. Although they inevitably had to try to influence political life in their favor, they never seriously thought of themselves as founders or lawgivers. The mixture of unwise power and powerless wisdom, in the ancients view, would always end up with power strengthened and wisdom compromised. He who flirts with power, Socrates said, will be compelled to lie with it.

Allan David Bloom

Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.

Benjamin Franklin

Wisdom begins in wonder.


It is God's will that we seek wisdom and receive understanding, that we accept our worthiness of love, health, and prosperity, and that we manifest those qualities in our lives.

Jonathan Van Voorhees

Solitude is the best nurse of wisdom.

Laurence Sterne

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Immanuel Kant

Wisdom becomes nonsense in the mouth of a fanatic

Schuwdrmer, Otto
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