Wise Words on Wisdom

"Wisdom Surpasses Knowledge"
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
Sandra Carey

"When The Scoffer Is Punished, The Naive Becomes Wise"
Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.

"The Mind's Highest Good"
The mind's highest good is the knowledge of God.
Baruch Spinoza

"See and Heed"
Wise men learn by others' harms; fools by their own
Benjamin Franklin
"Use Your Noggin"
Some men covet knowledge out of a natural curiosity and inquisitive temper;
some to entertain the mind with variety and delight;
some for ornament and reputation;
some for victory and contention;
many for lucre and a livelihood;
and but few for employing the Divine gift of reason to the use and benefit of mankind.
Francis Bacon

"Wake Up And Smell The Coffee"
When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. This is common sense, really. You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping. You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly: while you are making them you cannot see them. You can understand the nature of drunkenness when you are sober, not when you are drunk. Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either.
C.S. Lewis

"Remember Who's Talking"
When the fox preaches, look to your geese.
German saying

"Judgment Plus Motives"
Even honorable motives of action, unless directed by judgment, are followed by disastrous results.

"Use Your Noggin"
He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.
Sir William Drummond

"The Great Cataract of Nonsense"
Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods and that much which seems certain to the uneducated is merely temporary fashion. A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village: the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age.
C.S. Lewis

"But On Every Word That Proceeds From The Mouth Of God"
We're drowning in information and starving for knowledge
Rutherford D. Rogers

"Batten Down The Hatches"
He robs present ills of their power who has perceived their coming beforehand...In fair Weather prepare for foul.
Seneca The Younger...Thomas Fuller

"Quality Not Quantity"
'Tis not knowing much, but what is useful, that makes a wise man.
Thomas Fuller

"Aged To Perfection"
Believers in progress rightly note that in the world of machines the new model supersedes the old; from this they falsely infer a similar kind of supersession in such things a virtue and wisdom
C.S. Lewis

"Ethical Midgets"
We have too many men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom , power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical midgets. We know more about war than we know of peace, more about killing than we know about living.
Omar N. Bradley

"Good Old Soul-Food"
...newness is no virtue and oldness is no vice. Truth and beauty and goodness are not determined by when they exist. Nothing is inferior for being old, and nothing is valuable for being modern. This has freed me from the tyranny of novelty and opened for me the wisdom of the ages. To this day I get most of my soul-food from centuries ago.
John Piper

"Character Counts"
To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
Theodore Roosevelt

"Use Knowledge Well"
It is not a question how much a man knows, but what use he can make of what he knows.
Josiah Gilbert Holland

"Think and See Clearly"
Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion - all in one.
John Ruskin

"Which Way Is The Wind Blowing?"
Neither believe nor reject anything because any other persons or description of persons have rejected or believed it.
Thomas Jefferson

"Stop Philosophizing, Start Healing"
Vain is the word of a philosopher which does not heal any suffering of man.

"Because It's What Counts"
He that lives well is learned enough.
George Herbert

"Conduits Not Originators"
Learned men are the cisterns of knowledge, not the fountain-heads.
James Northcote

"Double Checking"
Look twice before you leap.
Charlotte Bronte

"Not All"
Do not all you can; spend not all you have; believe not all you hear; and tell not all you know.
Henry G. Bohn

"Fix Only What's Broken"
If it works, don't fix it.
Paul Dickson