Knowledge / Wisdom Quotes

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
- Margaret Fuller

[Quoting Aeschylus] 'Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.'
- Robert F. Kennedy, Announcing the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, April 4, 1968

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
- Maya Angelou

We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.
- Mary Catherine Bateson

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.
- William Saroyan

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.
- Psalm 119:105

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.
- Somerset Maugham

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
- Gloria Steinem

Be wise like serpents and harmless like doves.
- Matthew 10:16

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
- Confucius

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”
- Marcel Pagnol

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
- Marie Curie

The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain.
- Susan B. Anthony

Knowledge is love and light and vision.
- Helen Keller

Wisdom is knowing what to do next.  Skill is knowing how to do it.  Virtue is doing it.
- Thomas Jefferson

When one door of happiness closes, another one opens; but we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
- Helen Keller

Poor eyes limit your sight; poor vision limits your deeds.
- Franklin Field

I do not pray for success. I ask for faithfulness.
- Mother Teresa

I used to ask God to help me.  Then I asked if I might help him.
- Hudson Taylor

Give us clear vision that we may know where to stand, because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.
- Peter Marshall

The wise person doesn’t give the right answers, but poses the right questions.
- Claude Levi-Strauss

What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens. 
-Ellen Glasgow 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
-Lao Tzu 

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. 

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.