Best Wisdom Quotes for the Intelligent

The best wisdom quotes and sayings have the power to give a new direction to your life. Someone once said that knowledge lies in piling up facts, but it is wisdom that simplifies it.

Knowledge is important, but wisdom is even more important than it. Even happiness is incomplete without wisdom.

Almost all great men and women have said at least something about or related to wisdom. Here are our favorite wisdom quotes for you to learn from or to share with your friends and loved ones.

Quotes about Wisdom

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Knowledge is flour, but wisdom is bread.
Austin O’Malley

In seeking wisdom, thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it – thou art a fool.
Lord Chesterfield

One should speak little with others and much with oneself.
Danish Proverb

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.
Theodore Roosevelt

Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.
Alan Alda

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Good Wisdom Quotes

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
Albert Einstein

The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.
William S. Burroughs

A day of traveling will bring a basketful of learning.
Vietnamese Proverb

Knowledge is power, and enthusiasm pulls the switch.
Steve Droke

No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.
L. Frank Baum

Doubt is the key to knowledge.
Iranian Proverb

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.
Nigerian Proverb

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
Anton Chekhov

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

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Knowledge Quotations

Instead of seeking new landscapes, develop new eyes.
Marcel Proust

The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.
Oscar Wilde

Confidence is ignorance. If you’re feeling cocky, it’s because there’s something you don’t know.
Eoin Colfer

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
Bertrand Russell

Knowledge is more than equivalent to force.
Samuel Johnson

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Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.
Thomas Fuller

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.
Daniel J. Boorstin

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Knowledge is power.
Francis Bacon

Nourish the mind like you would your body. The mind cannot survive on junk food.
Jim Rohn

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.
Isaac Asimov

The only source of knowledge is experience.
Albert Einstein

To know that we know what we know and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
Henry David Thoreau

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Wise Sayings

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

A blind person who sees is better than a seeing person who is blind.
Iranian Proverb

Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.
Eckhart Tolle

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.
Peter Drucker

A proverb is one man’s wit and all men’s wisdom.
Lord John Russell

The wise man hath his thoughts in his head; the fool, on his tongue.
Ivan Panin

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
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All’s well that ends well.
John Heywood

Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.
Chinese Proverb

An intelligent man believes only half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half.
Evan Esar

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

Even a fish wouldn’t get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut.
Korean Proverb

Look about my son, and see how little wisdom it takes to govern the world.
Axel Oxenstierna

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat forever.
Chinese Proverb

Be very slow to believe that you are wiser than all others; it is a fatal but common error.
Charles Caleb Colton

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

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Best Wisdom Quotes

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Socrates – one of the ultimate wisdom quotes!

Wisdom is the daughter of experience.
Leonardo Da Vinci

All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
Henry David Thoreau

The difference between a wise and foolish man is this–the former sees much, thinks much, and speaks little; but the latter speaks more than he either sees or thinks.
William Scott Downey

Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.
William Wordsworth

Wisdom comes only through suffering.

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
Norman Cousins

Wisdom is a treasure; the key whereof is never lost.
Edward Counsel

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Jimi Hendrix

There is a wisdom of the head, and there is a wisdom of the Heart.
Charles Dickens

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.
Doug Larson

It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Henry David Thoreau

Sage Sayings

Like water in the desert is wisdom to the soul.
Edward Counsel

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: The music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
Walter Lippmann

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.
David Starr Jordan

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant

Wisdom is understanding when to ask questions.
Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw

Smart Quotes

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
Bill Gates

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.
Napoleon Bonaparte

A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.
Roy H. Williams

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
Bertrand Russell

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
John C. Maxwell

To generalize is to be an idiot.
William Blake

I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.
Hippolyte Taine

Half of being smart is knowing what you are dumb about.
Solomon Short

It’s like the smarter you are; the more things can scare you.
Katherine Paterson

Learned Words

I was a smart kid, but I hated school.

The only freedom you truly have is in your mind, so use it.
M.T. Dismuke

Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person.
Seth Godin

Giving up is always an option, but not always a failure.
Cameron Conaway

I’m lazy! I hate work! Hate hard work in all its forms! Clever shortcuts, that’s all I’m about!
Eliezer Yudkowsky

Intelligence Quotations

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Albert Einstein

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
Ronald Reagan

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
Saul Bellow

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Henry Ford

By the way, intelligence to me isn’t just being book-smart or having a college degree; it’s trusting your gut instincts, being intuitive, thinking outside the box, and sometimes just realizing that things need to change and being smart enough to change it.
Tabatha Coffey

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
Michael Jordan

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
Stephen Hawking

I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing.
Socrates – The wisdom quotes master

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is an author and founder of Greeting Card Poet.

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