Wisdom - Quotes

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Conceiving God to be the fountain of wisdom, I thought it right and necessary to solicit his assistance for obtaining it; to this end I formed the following little prayer, which was prefix`d to my tables of examination, for daily use: "O powerful Goodness! bountiful Father! merciful Guide! Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest. Strengthen my resolutions to perform what that wisdom dictates. Accept my kind offices to thy other children as the only return in my power for thy continual favours to me."

Benjamin Franklin

When you have wisdom that another person knows that he needs, you give it freely. But when the other person doesn`t yet know that he needs your wisdom, you keep it to yourself.

Orson Scott Card

Science is much more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking. This is central to its success. Science invites us to let the facts in, even when they don`t conform to our preconceptions. It counsels us to carry alternative hypotheses in our heads and see which ones best match the facts. It urges on us a fine balance between no-holds-barred openness to new ideas, however heretical, and the most rigorous skeptical scrutiny of everything - new ideas and established wisdom. We need wide appreciation of this kind of thinking. It works. It`s an essential tool for a democracy in an age of change. Our task is not just to train more scientists but also to deepen public understanding of science.

Carl Sagan

Advances in science are often delayed because the common wisdom holds that something is impossible.

Keith Devlin

Love doesn`t need reason. It speaks from the irrational wisdom of the heart.

Deepak Chopra

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

Francis Bacon

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Bertrand Russell

The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth.

Pierre Abelard

Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.

Terry Pratchett

There’s no point explaining that all we achieve by exacting revenge is to make ourselves the equals of our enemies, whereas by forgiving we show wisdom and intelligence.

Paulo Coelho

Wisdom leads the soul to the place of God.

Sextus

All human wisdom is summed up in these two words, - `Wait and hope.`

Alexandre Dumas

We can only know that we know nothing. And that`s the highest degree of human wisdom.

Leo Tolstoy

Wisdom, compassion and courage - these are the three universally recognized moral qualities of man.

Confucius

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson

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