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The Road to Wisdom

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant

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

The first degree of folly is to conceit one’s self wise; the second to profess it; the third to despise counsel.
Benjamin Franklin

Wise men change their minds, fools never.
English proverb

In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth – teaching others.
Ibn Gabirol

The Power of Humility

A great man is always willing to be little.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Humility is wisdom’s prerequisite.
Bobby Bowden

Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
John McCloy

A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
Thomas Carlyle

When someone asked Saint Francis of Assisi why and how he could accomplish so much, he replied: “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the earth and said, ‘Where can I find the weakest, the littlest, the poorest man on the face of the earth?’ Then He saw me and said, ‘I will work through him. He won’t be proud of it. He’ll see that I am only using him because of his littleness and insignificance.’”
C. Reuben Anderson

Benefit from Failure

No man ever progressed to greatness but through great mistakes.
Frederick Robertson

Failure jolts us out of our routines and forces us to look for fresh approaches.
Roger von Oech

You really don’t know what your true potential is until you’ve pushed yourself beyond your limits. You have to fail a couple of times to really find out how far you can go.
Debi Thomas

Have you had little else than defeat? This is the way to success. You will pave the road with the rough flints of your failure.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure.
Leo Buscaglia

Keep Learning

Solon, the sage of Athens, was asked the secret of strength and youth. He replied: “I learn something new every day.”
Orison Marden

The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
George Santayana

We have to think of different ways to learn and grow every day. Because when you stop growing, you start to decay.
Mike Krzyzewski

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Earl Weaver

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Henry Ford

The Treasure in Books

Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.
Carl Sagan

My most prized possession was my library card from the Oakland Public Library.
Bill Russell

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
James Lowell

To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.

When I was in my early teens, I started with the first book on the bottom shelf and went through the lot, one by one. I didn’t read a few books. I read the Detroit Public Library.
Thomas Edison

The Best Way to Learn

Learn by doing.
John Dewey

What I hear, I forget; what I see, I remember; what I do, I understand.

We need to haunt the halls of history and listen anew to the ancestors’ wisdom.
Maya Angelou

Learn from everyone.
Benjamin Franklin

Learning from others can often help you make up for your own lack of experience. People all around you have things to teach you, and you must be receptive to them. You must take advantage of people who have made the journey ahead of you.
Rick Pitino

Gaining Wisdom

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone.
Benjamin Franklin

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5

Knowledge is horizontal; wisdom is vertical and comes from above.
Billy Graham

I daily ask the Lord for wisdom.
Dan reeves

Do you know what I’ve discovered about the Lord? He doesn’t give wisdom on credit. He doesn’t advance you a bundle of insight. Do you know when He gives us words and wisdom and insight? Right when we need them.
Charles Swindoll