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"The greatest wisdom is to realize one's lack of it."

"Saudi Arabia is a puritanical state that claims a monopoly of wisdom and virtue."

"Your law may be perfect your knowledge of human affairs may be such as to enable you to apply it with wisdom and skill and yet without individual acquaintance with men their haunts and habits the pursuit of the profession becomes difficult slow and expensive."

"It's very hard to know what wisdom is."

"The more I work with the body keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom."

"Kisses are a better fate than wisdom."

"Never let a fool kiss you or a kiss fool you."

"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things."

"Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service� You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love."

"It is astonishing what force purity and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods."

"Theology in general seems to me a substitution of human ingenuity for divine wisdom."

"Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war."

"Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly but we consider it false and despise its adherents."

"It may be assumed as an axiom that Providence has never gifted any political party with all of political wisdom or blinded it with all of political folly."

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research."

"From the errors of others a wise man corrects his own."

"This is quite natural: everybody likes to do that for which he has a talent."

"They would need to be already wise in order to love wisdom."

"Self-suggestion makes you master of yourself."

"The great moral teachers of humanity were, in a way, artistic geniuses in the art of living."

"I do not carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think."

"It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."

"Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them."

"I believe in intuition and inspiration. At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason."

"That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another."

"Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing and that this country's principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times."

"Yale is a crucible in American life for the accommodation of intellectual achievement of wisdom of refinement with the democratic ideals of openness of social justice and of equal opportunity."

"A big fat book full of colored drawings by Japanese children lies always on my table."

"I probably wouldn't be a songwriter if I didn't grow up the way I did. It was difficult and it was at times very scary to grow up in a household so unsettled and at times very violent. But it also I guess it earned me a sort of wisdom at a young age that's served me well."

"The 'wisdom of the crowds' is the most ridiculous statement I've heard in my life. Crowds are dumb."

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

"It's received wisdom that the English are uniquely child-unfriendly."

"There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives."

"No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for."

"He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed."

"A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it."

"Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance."

"Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life�and travel�leaves marks on you."

"Let no man pull you so low as to hate him."

"The beginning of wisdom is to desire it."

"Remembering is painful it's difficult but it can be inspiring and it can give wisdom."

"Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself."

"To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom."

"The doers are the major thinkers. The people that really create the things that change this industry are both the thinker and doer in one person."

"I always see where I didn't do things the right way. I only see the heavy lifting. That's a bit of my wisdom if you want to call it that."

Vera Wang

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"A man may learn wisdom even from a foe."

"If you want to be inventive, you have to be willing to fail. "

"The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being."

"I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients."

"Most things break including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom but to scar tissue and callus."

"Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?"

"Wisdom is humble that he knows no more."

"One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions. Your passions choose you. "

"The eternal mystery of the universe is its comprehensibility."

"The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything."

"It’s not an experiment if you know it’s going to work. "

"Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next."

"Any fool can know. The point is to understand."

"You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever."

"Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do."

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."

"Great wisdom is generous petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned small speech cantankerous."

Zhuang Zi

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"Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them."

"In the matter of physics [education], the first lessons should contain nothing but what is experimental and interesting to see."

"Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation wisdom rather than wealth commitment rather than ambition."

"Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom."

"Every journey that is successful has culs-de-sac and speed bumps. I carry a wisdom gene through my life through the good the bad and the ugly."

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."

"Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable."

"Economists often like startling theorems results which seem to run counter to conventional wisdom."

"People judge you on your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected."

"Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts."

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk."

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities."

"If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink."


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"I do interviews because it's a chance to be myself. I sometimes wonder what I could have to say that would be of any interest. I don't have any great wisdom."

"Whenever I go on a ride, I'm always thinking of what's wrong with the thing and how it can be improved"

"There is a trade off - as you grow older you gain wisdom but you lose spontaneity."

"Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change but in the dialectic between the two."

"The difference between chirping out of turn and a faux pas depends on what kind of a bar you're in."

"Spending two years on my uncle's ranch in Montana as a young man gave me the wisdom and the thrust to do westerns."

"We give advice but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it."

"Virtues are acquired through endeavor which rests wholly upon yourself."

"I actually think with age comes some level of wisdom."

"The aim (of education) must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, can see in the service to the community their highest life achievement."

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."

"After a gig I always head back to the hotel remembering granny's words of wisdom. I cancel the late-night pizza and watch the Jonathan Ross show instead."

"That's why we started Apple, we said you know, we have absolutely nothing to lose. I was 20 years old at the time, Woz was 24-25, so we have nothing to lose. We have no families, no children, no houses. Woz had an old car. I had a Volkswagen van, I mean, all we were going to lose is our cars and the shirts off our back."

"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide."

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

"I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist so that if all goes well I may one day sit beside them."

"To keep your secret is wisdom to expect others to keep it is folly."

"We don't pray for the land. We pray for the humans all humans... starting with the president Mohammed Morsi and all officials and for God to give everyone wisdom and responsibility to manage the affairs of this country and its people in true Egyptian spirit."

"I think in conventional magazine wisdom you need to have a redesign every decade or so."

"Around '93 '94 the conventional wisdom about the Internet was that it was a toy for academics and researchers. So it was very very underestimated for about two years."

"Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart."

"The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea."

"Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerves give to wisdom."

"Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible."

"Lord give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender for tomorrow we may have to eat them."

Mo Udall

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