The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth.
All human beings, by nature, desire to know.
All men seek one goal: success or happiness. The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal-a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends-wisdom, money, materials and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
He who hath many friends hath none.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
Central banks don't have divine wisdom. They try to do the best analysis they can and must be prepared to stand or fall by the quality of that analysis.
Knowledge is that area of ignorance that we arrange and classify.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
It is a common observation that any fool can get money; but they are not wise that think so.
The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms-this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am.
The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.
Pilgrimage to Bethlehem. Published in The New York Times on December 23, 1984.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
The magi, as you know, were wise men - wonderfuly wise men who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.
A lawyer's relationship to justice and wisdom is on a par with a piano tuner's relationship to a concert. He neither composes the music, nor interprets it-he merely keeps the machinery running.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots.
The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin.
I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
The punishment suffered by the wise who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of bad men.
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
Mortals and Others (1931-35). This is misquoted. The original: "The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt."
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere. The pessimist sees only the red light. But the truly wise person is color blind.
The mind's highest good is the knowledge of God, and the mind's highest virtue is to know God.
Note that venerable proverb: Children and fools always speak the truth. The deduction is plain: adults and wise persons never speak it.
"On the Decay of the Art of Lying"
In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
This is how philosophers should salute each other: ‘Take your time.'
Wisdom married to immortal verse.
Dare to be wise.
argumentum ad judicium
An argument appealing to the judgment.
verbum sat sapienti
A word is sufficient for a wise man.
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength, but through persistence.
Men can acquire knowledge, but not wisdom. Some of the greatest fools ever known were learned men.