Quotes about Wisdom

"That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next."

John Stuart Mill (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873) was a British philosopher and civil servant. An influential contributor to social theory, political theory, and political economy, his conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control.


"We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we can not be wise with other men's wisdom."

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (February 28, 1533 – September 13, 1592) is one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularising the essay as a literary genre and is popularly thought of as the father of Modern Skepticism.


"A sensible man knows you can't please everybody. A wise man knows you can't please anybody."

Richard Francis Needham (born 29 January 1942) usually known as Sir Richard Needham is a former Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.


"The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies."

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount Saint Alban (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist and author. He famously died of pneumonia contracted while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat.


"Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority."

William Arthur Ward (1921–1994) is one of America's most quoted writers of inspirational maxims.


"Cleverness is not wisdom."

Epicurus (341 BCE – Athens, 270 BCE) was an ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism.


"Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (21 October 1772 – 25 July 1834) was an English poet, Romantic, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England.


"He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom."

James Gibbons Huneker (31 January 1860 – 9 February 1921) was an American music writer and critic.


"Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe."

Josh Billings (20 April 1818 – 14 October 1885) was the pen name of humorist born Henry Wheeler Shaw He was perhaps the second most famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States in the second half of the 19th century after Mark Twain, although his reputation has not fared so well with later generations.


"Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time."

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was the 26th President of the United States. He is famous for his energetic personality, range of interests and achievements, leadership of the Progressive Movement, and his "cowboy" image and robust masculinity.