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quote by Wallace Stegner: Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus. with background image: green trees on forest during daytime
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Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.

--Wallace Stegner
quote by William Blake: The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. with background image: toddler hugging siberian husky
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The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

--William Blake
quote by Walter Benjamin: Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom. with background image: green-leafed trees during daytime
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Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.

--Walter Benjamin
quote by Walt Disney: The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique. with background image: yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
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The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.

--Walt Disney
quote by Thomas Jefferson: Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. with background image: gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves
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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

--Thomas Jefferson
quote by Thomas Huxley: It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance. with background image: forest near mountain alps
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It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.

--Thomas Huxley
quote by Thomas Edison: Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. with background image: multicolored heart LED light on wall
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Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

--Thomas Edison

Longer Version:

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. As a result, a genius is often a talented person who has simply done all of his homework.


quote by Sydney J. Harris: Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. with background image: yellow green leaf
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Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

--Sydney J. Harris
quote by Swami Vivekananda: We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. with background image: aerial photography of pine trees with mist
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We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Sophocles: Wisdom outweighs any wealth. with background image: flowers
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Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

--Sophocles
quote by Sophocles: Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. with background image: bird at pier
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Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

--Sophocles
quote by Socrates: The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. with background image: gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves
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The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

--Socrates
quote by Samuel Smiles: Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry. with background image: man standing on cliff under white sky
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Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry.

--Samuel Smiles
quote by Samuel Johnson: To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly. with background image: brown butterfly perched on flower
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To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.

--Samuel Johnson
quote by Reinhold Niebuhr: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. with background image: photo of author Reinhold Niebuhr with quote

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

--Reinhold Niebuhr
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom. with background image: blue and red bird during daytime
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Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: We gain the strength of the temptation we resist. with background image: sunset woman at beach
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We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. with background image: yellow flower
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Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. It depends on the mood of the man, whether he shall see the sunset or the fine poem. There are always sunsets, and there is always genius; but only a few hours so serene that we can relish nature or criticism. The more or less depends on structure or temperament. Temperament is the iron wire on which the beads are strung. Of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective store?


quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. with background image: adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence
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The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Orison Swett Marden: Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being. with background image: two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset
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Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being.

--Orison Swett Marden
quote by Oprah Winfrey: Turn your wounds into wisdom. with background image: black bird on brown tree branch during daytime
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Turn your wounds into wisdom.

--Oprah Winfrey
quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. : Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future. with background image: selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers
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Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.

--Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
quote by Plutarch: Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. with background image: blue sky
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Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.

--Plutarch
quote by Phil Jackson: Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. with background image: body of water near mountains
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Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.

--Phil Jackson
quote by Napoléon Bonaparte: The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. with background image: running white, brown, and black dog
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The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

--Napoléon Bonaparte
quote by Martin H. Fischer: Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. with background image: man and woman kissing
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Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.

--Martin H. Fischer

Longer Version:

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. Martin H.


quote by Menander: It is not white hair that engenders wisdom. with background image: person's hand holding round silver analog watch with black leather strap
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It is not white hair that engenders wisdom.

--Menander
quote by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach: In youth we learn; in age we understand. with background image: toddler hugging siberian husky
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In youth we learn; in age we understand.

--Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
quote by Marilyn vos Savant: To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. with background image: shallow focus photo of green leaves
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To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.

--Marilyn vos Savant
quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero: Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom. with background image: road between yellow leaf trees at daytime
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Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.

--Marcus Tullius Cicero
quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero: The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. with background image: gray hummingbird
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The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.

--Marcus Tullius Cicero
quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero: The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk. with background image: sunset forest
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The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.

--Marcus Tullius Cicero
quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus: He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. with background image: photo of author Marcus Aurelius Antoninus with quote

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.

--Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
quote by Kahlil Gibran: Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain. with background image: green trees on body of water during daytime
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Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.

--Kahlil Gibran
quote by Kahlil Gibran: The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. with background image: gray cactus plant on white pot
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The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.

--Kahlil Gibran
quote by Kahlil Gibran: Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. with background image: silhouette of children's running on hill

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

--Kahlil Gibran
quote by Keith Miller: Pain is the doorway to wisdom and to truth. with background image: two women holding flowers
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Pain is the doorway to wisdom and to truth.

--Keith Miller
quote by Kay Redfield Jamison: Knowledge is marvelous, but wisdom is even better. with background image: lone tree in grassland
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Knowledge is marvelous, but wisdom is even better.

--Kay Redfield Jamison
quote by Lucille Ball: In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by. with background image: red tulip in bloom close up photo
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In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.

--Lucille Ball
quote by Ludwig van Beethoven: Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. with background image: red neon heart wallpaper
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Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

--Ludwig van Beethoven
quote by Lactantius: The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that which is true. with background image: leafless tree on snow covered ground
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The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that which is true.

--Lactantius
quote by Lin Yutang: Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. with background image: photo of author Lin Yutang with quote

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

--Lin Yutang
quote by Leonard Nimoy: Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end. with background image: three people paddling in canoe
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Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.

--Leonard Nimoy
quote by Laozi (Lao-Tzu): I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. with background image: pink and blue painted wall
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I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

--Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
quote by Johann Georg Hamann: All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward. with background image: two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset
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All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward.

--Johann Georg Hamann
quote by John Cheever: Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two. with background image: person holding gray leaf
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Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.

--John Cheever
quote by Juvenal: Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. with background image: gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime
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Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.

--Juvenal
quote by John Steinbeck: It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. with background image: green leafed plants on forest
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It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.

--John Steinbeck
quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Wisdom is found only in truth. with background image: 1 U.S. dollar banknote
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Wisdom is found only in truth.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew. with background image: silhouette of off-road car
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This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
quote by Jean-Jacques Rousseau: People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little. with background image: gray elephant
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People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.

--Jean-Jacques Rousseau
quote by Jimi Hendrix: Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. with background image: Arizona landscape
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Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

--Jimi Hendrix
quote by Jim Rohn: Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. with background image: saguaro
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Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

--Jim Rohn

Longer Version:

Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment. Discipline comes to those with the awareness that for a kite to fly it must rise against the wind; that all good things are achieved by those who are willing to swim upstream; that drifting aimlessly through life only leads to bitterness and disappointment." And then he added: "Discipline is the foundation on which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.


quote by Immanuel Kant: Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. with background image: two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset
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Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

--Immanuel Kant
quote by Herbert Hoover: Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next. with background image: body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky
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Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next.

--Herbert Hoover
quote by Henry Van Dyke: Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. with background image: green trees on body of water during daytime
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Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

--Henry Van Dyke
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. with background image: pink flowers in tilt shift lens
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It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. : Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. with background image: black and white butterfly on green leaf
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Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.

--H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
quote by George Bernard Shaw: Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. with background image: sunset forest
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Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.

--George Bernard Shaw
quote by George Bernard Shaw: We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. with background image: silhouette photography of trees and sky
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We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.

--George Bernard Shaw
quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. with background image: sunset
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The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

--Friedrich Nietzsche
quote by Francois de La Rochefoucauld: Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them. with background image: green and white bird on black wire during daytime
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Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.

--Francois de La Rochefoucauld
quote by Francois de La Rochefoucauld: We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it. with background image: green tree under blue sky during night time
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We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.

--Francois de La Rochefoucauld
quote by Francis of Assisi: Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. with background image: brown humming bird flying in mid air
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Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.

--Francis of Assisi

Longer Version:

Where there is Love and Wisdom, there is neither Fear nor Ignorance.

Where there is Patience and Humility, there is neither Anger nor Annoyance.

Where there is Poverty and Joy, there is neither Cupidity nor Avarice.

Where there is Peace and Contemplation, there is neither Care nor Restlessness.

Where there is the Fear of God to guard the dwelling, there no enemy can enter.

Where there is Mercy and Prudence, there is neither Excess nor Harshness.


quote by Florence Scovel Shinn: Giving opens the way for receiving. with background image: brown pine trees near mountain covered with fog
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Giving opens the way for receiving.

--Florence Scovel Shinn
quote by Elizabeth Gaskell: Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. with background image: man and woman facing backward while woman's head on man's shoulder on tip of hill
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Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.

--Elizabeth Gaskell
quote by Evelyn Underhill: Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience. with background image: brown and black leaf in close up photography
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Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.

--Evelyn Underhill
quote by Erma Bombeck: Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother. with background image: silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky
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Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.

--Erma Bombeck
quote by Edward Young: The clouds may drop down titles and estates, and wealth may seek us, but wisdom must be sought. with background image: leafless tree on body of water during daytime
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The clouds may drop down titles and estates, and wealth may seek us, but wisdom must be sought.

--Edward Young
quote by Daniel Webster: Wisdom begins at the end. with background image: gray asphalt road
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Wisdom begins at the end.

--Daniel Webster
quote by D. H. Lawrence: Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken. with background image: selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers
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Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.

--D.H. Lawrence
quote by Confucius: Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. with background image: photo of author Confucius with quote

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

--Confucius
quote by Charles Dickens: A loving heart is the truest wisdom. with background image: red rose
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A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

--Charles Dickens
quote by Gautama Buddha: 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… with background image: photo of author Gautama Buddha with quote

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.

--Gautama Buddha
quote by Bertrand Russell: Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. with background image: long exposure photography of beach
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Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.

--Bertrand Russell
quote by Bertrand Russell: To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. with background image: Arizona landscape
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To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

--Bertrand Russell
quote by Benjamin Franklin: Lost time is never found again. with background image: photo of author Benjamin Franklin with quote

Lost time is never found again.

--Benjamin Franklin
quote by Benjamin Franklin: The doors of wisdom are never shut. with background image: photo of author Benjamin Franklin with quote

The doors of wisdom are never shut.

--Benjamin Franklin
quote by Baltasar Gracian: Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit. with background image: photo of author Baltasar Gracian with quote

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

--Baltasar Gracian
quote by Aristotle: It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. with background image: orange moon during nighttime
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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

--Aristotle
quote by Aristophanes: A man may learn wisdom even from a foe. with background image: gray road beside a trees
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A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.

--Aristophanes
quote by Anatole France: I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. with background image: shallow focus photo of green leaves
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I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.

--Anatole France
quote by Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Who is wise in love, love most, say least. with background image: man and woman walking on beach during daytime
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Who is wise in love, love most, say least.

--Alfred Lord Tennyson
quote by Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. with background image: man and woman with dog on woods
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Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

--Alfred Lord Tennyson

Longer Version:

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and I linger on the shore, And the individual withers, and the world is more and more.


quote by Albert Einstein: Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. with background image: photo of author Albert Einstein with quote

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

--Albert Einstein
quote by Aeschylus: Memory is the mother of all wisdom. with background image: flowers
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Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

--Aeschylus
quote by Abraham Lincoln: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. with background image: person standing on top of mountain
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Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

--Abraham Lincoln
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