Quotations for Daily Use


"His heart is kind and gentle and that is far better than being wise." Prince Inga describing King Rinkitink in L. Frank Baum's Rinkitink in Oz, one of Baum's Land of Oz books.

"It is a human nature to think wisely and act foolishly"
Anatole France, (16 April 1844 – 12 October 1924) was a French poet, journalist, and novelist.

"It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things." Father Timothy Kavanagh, a character in Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon

"It is assumed that young folks know best, and old folks are fogies. It may be so, but old folks may be as right about new fagles as young folks are about fogy ways. Make business first, pleasure afterward, and that guarded." Bishop Milton (November 17, 1828 – April 3, 1917) was the father of aviation pioneers Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright, and a Bishop of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ.

"It's good to ask from time to time: 'Am I growing in Wisdom?' After all, life is relentlessly dynamic. We're either growing sweeter and wiser as the days go by, or we're growing into foolish or even sour-faced curmedgeons. Into what are we growing?" David Roper in Daily Bread

"It's not what we know that makes us wise, but what we are."
Growing Slowly Wise by David Roper

"It's what we learn after we know it all that counts." A.C. Carlson

"Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand." Guinean Proverb

"One ship drives east and another drives west
With the self-same winds that blow.
'Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Winds of Fate; Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was "Solitude", which contains the lines "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone."

"Remember, a gossip talks about others, a bore talks about himself, but a wise man talks to you, about you - then listens to what you have to say! When you're a good listener not only will people seek you out, you'll grow wiser - and win friends too!: (Taken from On the Right Note, August 29, 2007, published by KLove.)

"Someone who has lived in many places' is not likely to be taken in by the 'local errors of his native village.' " C.S. Lewis, (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist.

"That's the thing about wisdom. The wise don't have to press. They don't have to fob off or foist their faith on anyone. They just leave it behind. Wherever they go and whatever they do, they sow seeds of righteousness that spring up in others to eternal life. This is the lasting legacy of the wise. It is the way they make their mark on the world." Growing Slowly Wise by David Roper

"The fool wonders, the wise man asks." Disraeli, (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British politician and writer, who twice served as Prime Minister.

"The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious." Ecclesiastes 10:12

"There are persons whom in my heart I despise, others I abhor. Yet I am not obliged to inform the one of my contempt, nor the other of my detestation. This kind of dissimulation . . . is a necessary branch of wisdom, and so far from being immoral that it is a duty and a virtue." John Adams, (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat. He served as the second President of the United States (1797–1801), the first Vice President (1789–1797)

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