Quotes about Wisdom

"Transcedent common sense is the rare power of seeing things as they are which signifies genius. It is the ability to draw right conclusions and to take correct action."

J.W. Fortescue (-) Writing on Wellington.


"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a medical doctor. He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and on the philosophy of pragmatism.


"One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know."

John Kenneth "Ken" Galbraith (October 15, 1908 – April 29, 2006) was a Canadian-American economist. He was a Keynesian and an institutionalist, a leading proponent of 20th-century political liberalism.


"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions."

Naguib Mahfouz (December 11, 1911 – August 30, 2006) was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature, along with Tawfiq el-Hakim, to explore themes of existentialism.


"The wise don't speak much, and those who are eloquent are not wise."

Laozi also Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tzu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Lao Zi, Laocius, and other variations (-) was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, and is a central figure in Taoism (also spelled "Daoism").


"Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does-except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place."

Dear Abby (-) is the name of the notable advice column founded in 1956 by Pauline Phillips under the pen name Abigail Van Buren


"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, socialist, pacifist, and social critic.


"Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions."

James Allen "Jim" Hightower (born January 11, 1943) is an American syndicated columnist, populist activist and author.


"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life."

Immanuel Kant (22 April 1724 – 12 February 1804) was an 18th-century German philosopher from the Prussian city of Königsberg. Kant was the last influential philosopher of modern Europe in the classic sequence of the theory of knowledge during the Enlightenment.


"Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for expierence."

James Boswell (29 October 1740 – 19 May 1795) was a lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh, Scotland; he is best known for his biography of Samuel Johnson.