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Here are 45 wisdom sayings on wisdom . . . Sayings without author names linked to them, can be credited T. Kinnes.


A fish between two cats should make the best of the situation - but what will work?

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men (American).

A whistle cannot be made from any kind of wood.

An empty pocket may be among the heaviest burdens.

As an academic writer, make doubly sure your good ideas are relevant and tie in with highly regarded, valid literature in your arena, or there could be trouble ahead.

Better caution at first than tears afterwards. (Yiddish)

Better inside a cottage than outside a castle. (Welsh)

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. (Confucius)

Even a golden bed does not help a sick person. (Estonian)

Experience is, sadly, what you got by not having it when you needed it badly.

Eyesight should be more powerful than hearsay.

Fame soon brings with it some envy.

Gold does not buy everyone.

Good deeds are like drops of gold.

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. (Mark Twain)

I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it. (Albert Einstein)

If a family has an old person in it, it possesses a jewel. (Chinese)

If I had no sense of humour, I would long ago have committed suicide. (Mahatma Gandhi)

If you want to please everybody, you could pass away before your time.

It is not always enough to run; one must also start in time.

Learning is a lifetime process and involves much updating.

Learning without thought is labour lost. (Confucius)

Life can not only be lived, but also marred. Good education helps solvency and hinders all too common harms.

Many a true word is spoken in jest. (English)

Many great spirits have encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. (With Albert Einstein)

Marriage and cooking call for forethought. (Greek)

Marrying is easy, but housekeeping may not be so.

Misfortunes hasten age. (British)

Mistrust helps safety.

Old age is not a traveller's blessing.

One bee is better than a thousand flies. (Spanish)

Prepare shelter before the rain falls. (Philippine)

Take care to get out of a bad experience the good and sustainable wisdom that could lie there.

The art of teaching is also the art of assisting discovery. (With Mark Van Doren]

The resolute may overcome the obstacles to learning.

The road to wisdom includes also what every child should be taught.

The serpent brings forth nothing but a little serpent. (Egyptian)

The shirt is nearer than the frock, and the skin is nearer still.

To be left to educate yourself well could become a deep-lying asset if you don't fall short in it.

To unlearn many things to one's profit is hardly well enough taught in schools.

Virtue adorns the person deep inside.

We learn both by example and experience, and even better and faster under the guidance of an experienced, bland tutor.

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. One task is to teach people how to learn. (Cf. Peter F. Drucker)

When wine enters, modesty too often departs.

Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own. (Unknown)


Wisdom quotations, wisdom and proficiency quotes and sagacity citations, Literature  

Brooks, Douglas R. Auspicious Wisdom: The Texts and Traditions of Srividya Sakta Tantrism in South India. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1992.

Hicks, Angela. 77 Ways to Improve Your Wellbeing. Oxford: How To Books, 2009.

Mieder, Wolfgang. Illuminating Wit, Inspiring Wisdom. Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998.

Vogt, Peter. Career Wisdom for College Students: Insights You Won't Get in Class, on the Internet, or from Your Parents. New York: Ferguson, 2007.

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