Quotes about Wisdom

"Wisdom comes by disillusionment."

George Santayana (December 16, 1863, Madrid, Spain – September 26,1952, R) was a Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist.


"We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge but we cannot 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.


"Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerve give to wisdom."

Mark Twain (born:Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30,1835 – April 21, 1910) as an American author and humorist. Twain is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.


"To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future."

Plutarch (ca. 45–120 CE) was a Platonist philosopher, best known to the general public as author of his "Parallel Lives" of paired Greek and Roman statesmen and military leaders.


"All wisdom is wisdom after the event."

W. Ross Ashby (6 September 1903 – 15 November 1972) was an English psychiatrist and a pioneer in cybernetics, the study of complex systems.


"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe."

Marilyn vos Savant (born August 11, 1946) s an American magazine columnist, author, lecturer, and playwright who rose to fame through her listing in the Guinness Book of World Records under "Highest IQ"


"The greater the step forward in knowledge, the greater is the one taken backward in search of wisdom."

Stephen Gardiner (c. 1483 - 12 November 1555) was an English Roman Catholic bishop and politician during the English Reformation period who served as Lord Chancellor during the reign of Queen Mary I of England.


"We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it."

François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac (15 September 1613 – 17 March 1680) was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs. The view of human conduct his writings describe has been summed up by the words "everything is reducible to the motive of self-interest." Born in Paris, at a time when the royal court was oscillating between aiding the nobility and threatening it, he was considered an exemplar of the accomplished 17th-Century nobleman. Until 1650, he bore the title of Prince de Marcillac.


"True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us."

Socrates (c. 469 BC–399 BC) was a Classical Greek Athenian philosopher. Credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy.


"The difference between ignorant and educated people is that the latter know more facts. But that has nothing to do with whether they are stupid or intelligent."

Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer known for his works of speculative fiction.