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The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400)

Profession: British Poet

Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil -- not the strength to choose between the two.

Author: John Cheever (1912-1982)

Profession: American Author

Everything I know I learned after I was thirty.

Author: Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929)

Profession: French Statesman

The extreme limit of wisdom --that's what the public calls madness.

Author: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

Profession: French Author, Filmmaker

A wise man thinks what is easy is difficult.

Author: John Churton Collins


The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.

Author: Confucius

Profession: Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

Author: Confucius

Profession: Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher

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.

Author: Confucius

Profession: Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher

No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, --something more than we could learn for ourselves, from a book.

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.

Author: Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

Profession: Thirtieth President of the USA

Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness.

Author: Stephen R. Covey

Profession: American Speaker, Author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

Now all the knowledge and wisdom that is in creatures, whether angels or men, is nothing else but a participation of that one eternal, immutable and increased wisdom of God, or several signatures of that one archetypal seal, or like so many multiplied reflections of one and the same face, made in several glasses, whereof some are clearer, some obscurer, some standing nearer, some further off.

Author: Ralph J. Cudworth (1617-1688)

Profession: British Theologian, Philosopher

All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.

Author: Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Profession: French Novelist, Dramatist

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.

Author: Abba Eban (1915)

Profession: Israeli Politician