A TOUCH OF SILVER: On Wisdom

I woke up needing some thoughts on wisdom after a long week of hearing a significant amount of narrow-minded conjecture. What I found brightened my day, so I’m sharing some of it here. I hope it adds a touch of silver to your day.

• “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

• “We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.” – Marcel Proust

• “The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.” – Voltaire

• “Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson

• “The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing. – Socrates

• “The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.” – Thomas Szasz

• “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

• “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without ever opening them.” – Mark Twain

• “It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” – Mahatma Gandhi

• “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

• “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

• “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” – Francis Bacon

• “Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean. Sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean.” – Bob Dylan

• “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” – Albert Einstein

• “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” – Theodore Roosevelt

• “Angry people are not always wise.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

• “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates

• “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

• “Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.” – Carl Jung

• “Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.” – Anne Bradstreet

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