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Wishing you wisdom in all things, every day!

quote by Socrates: Wisdom begins in wonder. with background image: low-angle photography of green leaf tree
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Wisdom begins in wonder.

--Socrates
quote by Bradley Whitford: Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. with background image: man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered
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Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope.

--Bradley Whitford

Longer Version:

Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your Creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.


quote by Wayne Gerard Trotman: No matter what life throws at you, don't become jaded or cynical. Love is worth the risk. with background image: pink rose in close up photography
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No matter what life throws at you, don't become jaded or cynical. Love is worth the risk.

--Wayne Gerard Trotman
quote by Odille Remmert: When you don't know what to do, love is what to do. with background image: brown brick wall photography
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When you don't know what to do, love is what to do.

--Odille Remmert
quote by Boomie Bol: There is ample room for kindness in authenticity. with background image: blue mountains at daytime
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There is ample room for kindness in authenticity.

--Boomie Bol
quote by Boomie Bol: Many of the things we worry about, they end up becoming nothing. with background image: man and woman kissing under the sun
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Many of the things we worry about, they end up becoming nothing.

--Boomie Bol
quote by Franklin Theelen: Service is not just a word, service is an action! with background image: selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers
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Service is not just a word, service is an action!

--Franklin Theelen
quote by Abhijit Naskar: Better foster wisdom, before you destroy the world with your arrogance of intelligence. with background image: turned on gray laptop computer
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Better foster wisdom, before you destroy the world with your arrogance of intelligence.

--Abhijit Naskar
quote by Ali ibn Abi Talib: Do not be too hard, lest you be broken; do not be too soft, lest you be squeezed. with background image: pink heart art
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Do not be too hard, lest you be broken; do not be too soft, lest you be squeezed.

--Ali ibn Abi Talib
quote by Montesquieu: To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them. with background image: man holding brown violin
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To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.

--Montesquieu
quote by Christopher Paolini: Don't let anyone's disapproval dictate your actions. with background image: green fruit in macro lens photography
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Don't let anyone's disapproval dictate your actions.

--Christopher Paolini
quote by Doug Larson: Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. with background image: photo of author Doug Larson with quote

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

--Doug Larson
quote by Euripides: Experience and travel. These are an education in themselves. with background image: photo of author Euripides with quote

Experience and travel. These are an education in themselves.

--Euripides
quote by Germany Kent: You will curse your blessings by not being grateful for what is already yours. with background image: fine trees waving
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You will curse your blessings by not being grateful for what is already yours.

--Germany Kent
quote by Graham Greene: Hate is a lack of imagination. with background image: photo of author Graham Greene with quote

Hate is a lack of imagination.

--Graham Greene
quote by Homer: Wisdom never lies. with background image: 2 women standing on brown field during daytime
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Wisdom never lies.

--Homer
quote by Jane Fonda: One part of wisdom is knowing what you don't need anymore and letting it go. with background image: photo of author Jane Fonda with quote

One part of wisdom is knowing what you don't need anymore and letting it go.

--Jane Fonda
quote by Solomon: As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. with background image: photo of author Solomon with quote

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

--Solomon
quote by Lord Chesterfield: In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it -- thou art a fool. with background image: silhouette photography of trees and sky
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In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it -- thou art a fool.

--Lord Chesterfield
quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana: Only the steps of a one-step long journey can be taken all at the same time. with background image: aerial photo of foggy mountains
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Only the steps of a one-step long journey can be taken all at the same time.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana
quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana: We know way too many words of wisdom, but perform all too few actions of wisdom. with background image: silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky
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We know way too many words of wisdom, but perform all too few actions of wisdom.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana
quote by Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Never say no twice if you mean it. with background image: gray slabs
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Never say no twice if you mean it.

--Nassim Nicholas Taleb
quote by Rene Descartes: Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. with background image: two women walking together outdoor during daytime
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Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.

--Rene Descartes
quote by Sophocles: Much wisdom often goes with fewest words. with background image: photo of author Sophocles with quote

Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.

--Sophocles
quote by Oliver Markus Malloy: Surprise sex is the best thing to wake up to. Unless you're in prison. with background image: white and brown sailing boat
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Surprise sex is the best thing to wake up to. Unless you're in prison.

--Oliver Markus Malloy
quote by R. C. Sproul: If you truly have it, you never lose it; and if you lose it, you never truly had it. with background image: red stain on white wall
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If you truly have it, you never lose it; and if you lose it, you never truly had it.

--R. C. Sproul
quote by Alexander Wang: Take people's advice and guidance in the beginning, but always follow your instincts first. with background image: Arizona landscape
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Take people's advice and guidance in the beginning, but always follow your instincts first.

--Alexander Wang
quote by Archilochus: We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training. with background image: photo of author Archilochus with quote

We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.

--Archilochus
quote by Thiruvalluvar: Real kindness seeks no return. with background image: silhouette photography of persons raising hands while standing on island
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Real kindness seeks no return.

--Thiruvalluvar
quote by Nicole Lyons: May you never become so cynical that you let a star fall without its wish. with background image: red tulip in bloom during daytime
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May you never become so cynical that you let a star fall without its wish.

--Nicole Lyons
quote by Anna Todd: The worst part of being okay is that okay is far from happy. with background image: computer screen showing code
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The worst part of being okay is that okay is far from happy.

--Anna Todd
quote by Michael Hyatt: The most interesting things in life happen just on the other side of your comfort zone. with background image: woman about to kiss a tan puppy
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The most interesting things in life happen just on the other side of your comfort zone.

--Michael Hyatt
quote by Barbara Lynn-Vannoy: Words matter, because they cling to us, and we matter. with background image: selective focus photo of green snake plant
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Words matter, because they cling to us, and we matter.

--Barbara Lynn-Vannoy
quote by Mystqx Skye: Truth is the most lied about word. with background image: right arrow sign on wall
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Truth is the most lied about word.

--Mystqx Skye
quote by John French: The same path walked by different souls will lead to different places. with background image: desert grassland
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The same path walked by different souls will lead to different places.

--John French
quote by Jon Luvelli: When you're watching somebody else's yard, a lot of trash collects in yours. with background image: sunset
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When you're watching somebody else's yard, a lot of trash collects in yours.

--Jon Luvelli
quote by Paulo Coelho: Joy goes against the foundations of mathematics: it multiplies when we divide. with background image: photo of author Paulo Coelho with quote

Joy goes against the foundations of mathematics: it multiplies when we divide.

--Paulo Coelho
quote by Paulo Coelho: Loneliness, when accepted, becomes a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life. with background image: photo of author Paulo Coelho with quote

Loneliness, when accepted, becomes a gift that will lead us to find a purpose in life.

--Paulo Coelho
quote by Paulo Coelho: Don't fear the light within. May it ignite the Sacred Flame in your soul. with background image: photo of author Paulo Coelho with quote

Don't fear the light within. May it ignite the Sacred Flame in your soul.

--Paulo Coelho
quote by Zig Ziglar: What you feed your mind determines your appetite. with background image: photo of author Zig Ziglar with quote

What you feed your mind determines your appetite.

--Zig Ziglar
quote by Albert Einstein: If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself. with background image: photo of author Albert Einstein with quote

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.

--Albert Einstein
quote by Nelson Henderson: The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. with background image: silhouette of mountain
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

--Nelson Henderson
quote by Alice Walker: We are the ones we have been waiting for. with background image: photo of author Alice Walker with quote

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

--Alice Walker
quote by William Shakespeare: There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself. with background image: photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself.

--William Shakespeare
quote by Voltaire: Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother.

--Voltaire

Longer Version:

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.


quote by Rene Descartes: I think; therefore I am. with background image: black bird on brown tree branch during daytime
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I think; therefore I am.

--Rene Descartes
quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago. with background image: photo of author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe with quote

Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Galileo Galilei: Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe. with background image: photo of author Galileo Galilei with quote

Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.

--Galileo Galilei
quote by Desiderius Erasmus: The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is. with background image: photo of author Desiderius Erasmus with quote

The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.

--Desiderius Erasmus
quote by Bruce Lee: In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature. with background image: photo of author Bruce Lee with quote

In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.

--Bruce Lee
quote by Albert Einstein: A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. with background image: photo of author Albert Einstein with quote

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.

--Albert Einstein
quote by Albert Einstein: Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. with background image: photo of author Albert Einstein with quote

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

--Albert Einstein
quote by Bhagavad Gita: Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives. with background image: white clouds and blue sky
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Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.

--Bhagavad Gita
quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom. with background image: white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair
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If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.

--Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
quote by Democritus: The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world. with background image: photo of author Democritus with quote

The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world.

--Democritus
quote by Terry Pratchett: Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom. with background image: photo of author Terry Pratchett with quote

Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.

--Terry Pratchett
quote by Jean-Jacques Rousseau: I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices. with background image: photo of author Jean-Jacques Rousseau with quote

I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.

--Jean-Jacques Rousseau
quote by Sivananda Saraswati: Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power. with background image: photo of author Sivananda Saraswati with quote

Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.

--Sivananda Saraswati
quote by Rabindranath Tagore: Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young. with background image: photo of author Rabindranath Tagore with quote

Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.

--Rabindranath Tagore
quote by Plautus: Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired. with background image: man in black pants sitting on chair
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Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.

--Plautus
quote by Laozi (Lao-Tzu): The truest sayings are paradoxical. with background image: photo of author Laozi (Lao-Tzu) with quote

The truest sayings are paradoxical.

--Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
quote by Alfred North Whitehead: Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows. with background image: photo of author Alfred North Whitehead with quote

Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.

--Alfred North Whitehead
quote by Thomas Moore: Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery. with background image: photo of author Thomas Moore with quote

Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery.

--Thomas Moore
quote by Mark Twain: He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue. with background image: photo of author Mark Twain with quote

He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue.

--Mark Twain
quote by Leo Tolstoy: Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait. with background image: photo of author Leo Tolstoy with quote

Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.

--Leo Tolstoy
quote by Pythagoras: A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence. with background image: sunset forest
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A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence.

--Pythagoras
quote by Albert Einstein: Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. with background image: photo of author Albert Einstein with quote

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.

--Albert Einstein
quote by Zig Ziglar: Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. with background image: landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour
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Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

--Zig Ziglar
quote by Zhuang Zhou: Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. with background image: orange flowers
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Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.

--Zhuangzi

Longer Version:

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.


quote by Socrates: I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. with background image: photo of author Socrates with quote

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.

--Socrates
quote by William Faulkner: The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it. with background image: brown Scottish fold in brown thick-pile blanket
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The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.

--William Faulkner
quote by Diogenes: Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. with background image: photo of author Diogenes with quote

Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.

--Diogenes
quote by Voltaire: He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad. with background image: photo of author Voltaire with quote

He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.

--Voltaire
quote by William Shakespeare: A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. with background image: photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

--William Shakespeare
quote by William Osler: Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought. with background image: purple and black skies
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Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.

--William Osler
quote by Unknown Author: He was a wise man who invented beer. with background image: pink rose bud closeup photo
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He was a wise man who invented beer.

--Unknown Author
quote by Sophocles: Wisdom outweighs any wealth. with background image: flowers
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Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

--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 Rene Descartes: Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power. with background image: man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars
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Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.

--Rene Descartes
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: The years teach much which the days never know. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

The years teach much which the days never know.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 Ralph Waldo Emerson: For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 Oprah Winfrey: Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself. with background image: photo of author Oprah Winfrey with quote

Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.

--Oprah Winfrey
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 Plato: The wisest have the most authority. with background image: photo of author Plato with quote

The wisest have the most authority.

--Plato
quote by Plato: Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. with background image: person holding flowers
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Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.

--Plato
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 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 Michel de Montaigne: A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself. with background image: photo of author Michel de Montaigne with quote

A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.

--Michel de Montaigne
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 Aurelius Antoninus: To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution. with background image: photo of author Marcus Aurelius Antoninus with quote

To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.

--Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
quote by Solomon: A fool is wise in his eyes. with background image: photo of author Solomon with quote

A fool is wise in his eyes.

--Solomon
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 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
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