We all possess wisdom that we lack the strength properly to enact in our lives.
—Alain de Botton in Religion for Atheists
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
How old do you have to get before wisdom descends like a plastic bag over your head and you learn to keep your big mouth shut? Maybe never. Maybe you get more frivolous with age.
Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author?
—Philip G. Hamerton
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
—H. L. Mencken
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions.
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
No wise man ever wished to be younger.
Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down.
Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
If the solution to a problem of absolute disagreement extends to a call for bloodshed, then neither party has demonstrated the intelligence to formulate the question properly.