Posts Tagged ‘wisdom’

Quote of the day, Dec. 3

December 3, 2017

Abraham Lincoln, on history

“Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 17

November 17, 2017

Mohandas K. Gandhi, on wisdom (1940)

“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.”

Quote of the day, April 14

April 14, 2017

Walter Benjamin, on wisdom

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.”

Quote of the day, April 8

April 8, 2017

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on living

“This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.”

Quote of the day, March 15

March 15, 2017

Igor Stravinsky, on composing

“I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.”

Quote of the day, March 4

March 4, 2017

William Manchester, on research

“Research, of course, is no substitute for wisdom. The sum of a million facts is not the truth.”

Quote of the day, April 13

April 13, 2014

Primo Levi, on civilization

“A country is considered the more civilised the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak and a powerful one too powerful.” 

Quote of the day, Oct. 26

October 26, 2013

Lao Tzu, on wisdom

“To attain knowledge, add things every day.
To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 17

September 17, 2012
Robert E. Lee, on learning from defeat
“We must expect reverses, even defeats. (more…)

Quote of the day, April 28

April 28, 2012

Henry David Thoreau, on being a philosopher

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.”