Quotes About Wisdom

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Sarah   Williams
“[The Old Astronomer to His Pupil]

Reach me down my Tycho Brahe, I would know him when we meet,
When I share my later science, sitting humbly at his feet;
He may know the law of all things, yet be ignorant of how
We are working to completion, working on from then to now.

Pray remember that I leave you all my theory complete,
Lacking only certain data for your adding, as is meet,
And remember men will scorn it, 'tis original and true,
And the obloquy of newness may fall bitterly on you.

But, my pupil, as my pupil you have learned the worth of scorn,
You have laughed with me at pity, we have joyed to be forlorn,
What for us are all distractions of men's fellowship and smiles;
What for us the Goddess Pleasure with her meretricious smiles.

You may tell that German College that their honor comes too late,
But they must not waste repentance on the grizzly savant's fate.
Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

What, my boy, you are not weeping? You should save your eyes for sight;
You will need them, mine observer, yet for many another night.
I leave none but you, my pupil, unto whom my plans are known.
You 'have none but me,' you murmur, and I 'leave you quite alone'?

Well then, kiss me, -- since my mother left her blessing on my brow,
There has been a something wanting in my nature until now;
I can dimly comprehend it, -- that I might have been more kind,
Might have cherished you more wisely, as the one I leave behind.

I 'have never failed in kindness'? No, we lived too high for strife,--
Calmest coldness was the error which has crept into our life;
But your spirit is untainted, I can dedicate you still
To the service of our science: you will further it? you will!

There are certain calculations I should like to make with you,
To be sure that your deductions will be logical and true;
And remember, 'Patience, Patience,' is the watchword of a sage,
Not to-day nor yet to-morrow can complete a perfect age.

I have sown, like Tycho Brahe, that a greater man may reap;
But if none should do my reaping, 'twill disturb me in my sleep
So be careful and be faithful, though, like me, you leave no name;
See, my boy, that nothing turn you to the mere pursuit of fame.

I must say Good-bye, my pupil, for I cannot longer speak;
Draw the curtain back for Venus, ere my vision grows too weak:
It is strange the pearly planet should look red as fiery Mars,--
God will mercifully guide me on my way amongst the stars.”
Sarah Williams, Twilight Hours: A Legacy of Verse

Marilyn Vos Savant
“To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”
Marilyn Vos Savant

Alan W. Watts
“Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know.”
Alan W. Watts

Margaret Thatcher
“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”
Margaret Thatcher

I count as blessings things I could have benefited from, even if I neglected to
“I count as blessings things I could have benefited from, even if I neglected to utilize them. A gift is still a gift, even if left wrapped and unopened.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Henry James
“Obstacles are those frightening things you see when you take you eyes off your goal.”
Henry James

Benny Bellamacina
“If you wake up tired, you’ve been chasing dreams. If you go to bed tired, your making your dreams happen.”
Benny Bellamacina, The King of Rhyme

Aldous Huxley
“God isn't the son of Memory; He's the son of Immediate Experience. You can't worship a spirit in spirit, unless you do it now. Wallowing in the past may be good literature. As wisdom, it's hopeless. Time Regained is Paradise Lost, and Time Lost is Paradise Regained. Let the dead bury their dead. If you want to live at every moment as it presents itself, you've got to die to every other moment.”
Aldous Huxley, The Genius And The Goddess

Shannon L. Alder
“After every storm, there is a rainbow. If you have eyes, you will find it. If you have wisdom, you will create it. If you have love for yourself and others, you won’t need it.”
Shannon L. Alder

Nicolaus Copernicus
“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.”
Nicolaus Copernicus

Michael Crichton
“Praise not the day until evening has come, a woman until she is burnt, a sword until it is tried, a maiden until she is married, ice until it has been crossed, beer until it has been drunk.”
Michael Crichton, Eaters of the Dead

Brian Tracy
“No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from
scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who
have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve
our goals.”
Brian Tracy

Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Never question another man's motive. His wisdom, yes, but not his motives.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

John Berryman
“I am so wise I had my mouth sewn shut.”
John Berryman

Alan Cohen
“Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation.”
Alan Cohen

Hermann Hesse
“I call that man awake who, with conscious knowledge and understanding, can perceive the deep unreasoning powers in his soul, his whole innermost strength, desire and weakness, and knows how to reckon with himself.”
Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences progress in even greater extent and depth, and the human mind widen itself as much as it desires: beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity, as it shines forth in the Gospels, it will not go.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Henry Ward Beecher
“Adversity, if for no other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. People see clearer at such times. Storms purify the atmosphere.”
Henry Ward Beecher

“Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.”
Dion Boucicault

Sarah Rees Brennan
“I don't trust men everybody likes. Being nice isn't the same as being good.”
Sarah Rees Brennan, The Demon's Covenant

Amit Ray
“If you want to fly on the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.”
Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird

Orison Swett Marden
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”
Orison Swett Marden

Kahlil Gibran
“He who is more mindful of one, loses the love and the faith of both.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Jarod Kintz
“Only a fool would say they’re not a fool. Well, I am not a fool, which is why I say I am a fool.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Jarod Kintz
“Escalators are the offspring of elevators and stairs. Love is the progeny of passion and admiration.”
Jarod Kintz, Love quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.

Marcus Porcius Cato
“Wise men profit more by fools than fools by wise men.”
Marcus Porcius Cato

“Bitter your acts, bitter am I,
Kindness your deeds, kindness am I,
Pleasant and gentle, so you are,
Fine honeyed lips and sweet talker.”
Rumi, Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi

Thomas Fuller
“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.”
Thomas Fuller

Miyamoto Musashi
“There is no one way to salvation, whatever the manner in which a man may proceed. All forms and variations are governed by the eternal intelligence of the Universe that enables a man to approach perfection. It may be in the arts of music and painting or it may be in commerce, law, or medicine. It may be in the study of war or the study of peace. Each is as important as any other. Spiritual enlightenment through religious meditation such as Zen or in any other way is as viable and functional as any "Way."... A person should study as they see fit.”
Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy

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