Words of Wisdom: 22 Inspirational Quotes

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Wisdom comes with age, according to Job. Wisdom is something that the writer of Proverbs said that we should “get” and not forget.  He said it is the principal thing. He even says while you’re at it, get understanding too. He says wisdom and understanding are better than gold and silver. Take a look at the following twenty-two inspirational quotes about wisdom. Also take some time to view the video to the right, there are some great words of wisdom for life set to an upbeat, fun song.

For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.” ~ King Solomon

What Some Famous Writers Say About Wisdom 

“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” ~ Francis Bacon 

“Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.” ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

“Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.” ~ Stephen Covey 

“Memory is the mother of all wisdom” ~ Samuel Johnson 

“One’s first step in wisdom is to question everything – and one’s last is to come to terms with everything.” ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 

“It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.” ~ Walter Lippmann 

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” ~George Bernard Shaw 

“We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” ~ Samuel Smiles

“All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.” ~ Henry David Thoreau 

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” ~ William Butler Yeats 

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” ~Benjamin Franklin 

Inspiration from Some Presidents 

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~ Thomas Jefferson 

“Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Consider the lilies … that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these (Luke 12:27)

As Quoted by the Wisest Man, King Solomon 

Proverbs 4:5  Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.  

Proverbs 4:7 (KJV) Wisdom is the principal thing; there-fore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.  

Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 

Proverbs 19:8 (KJV) He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

According to Other Prophets and Kings 

Job 12:12 Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days. 

Psalms 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. 

Isaiah 11:2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. (a prophesy of the coming King Jesus)

Daniel 2:23 “…To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”

What Do You Know of Wisdom?

Share your favorite quote about wisdom in the comments below.


The Holy Bible, King James Verson

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

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