Quotes about Wisdom

"Patience is the companion of wisdom."

Augustine of Hippo (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430) also known as Augustine, St. Augustine, St. Austin, Blessed Augustine, or St. Augustine the Blessed, was Bishop of Hippo Regius. He was a Latin-speaking philosopher and theologian who lived in the Roman Africa Province. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity.


"The study of history is the beginning of political wisdom."

Jean Bodin (-)


"Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so."

Lord Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (22 September 1694 - 24 March 1773) was a British statesman and man of letters.


"The extreme limit of wisdom, that is what the public calls madness."

Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright, artist and filmmaker.


"Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more questions than the wisest man can answer."

Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832) was an English cleric, writer and collector, well known for his eccentricities.


"I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expresses with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself."

Marlene Dietrich (27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992) was a German-American actress and singer.


"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [January 6, 1705 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.


"The wise man does at once what the fool does finally."

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (January 8, 1601 – December 6, 1658) was a Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer.


"Wisdom consists not su much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as in' knowing what to do next."

Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) was the 31st President of the United States (1929–1933). Hoover was a professional mining engineer and author.


"It requires wisdom to understand. The music is nothing if the audience is deaf."

Walter Lipmann (1889 New York - 1974 New York) one of the fathers of modern journalism.