Wisdom Quotes

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

To Recognize the True

"To be a philosopher is to recognize the True, to desire the Beautiful, to establish the Good.  This is wisdom; all else is folly."

George Santayana

"When you're through changing, you're through."

 Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr.

"I love the counsel given in Doctrine and Covenants 10:4: 

"Do not run faster or labor more than you have strength." Choose carefully each day that which you will do and that which you will not do, and the Lord will bless you to accomplish the important things that have eternal consequences."

Sister Hinckley

"Many receive advice----only the wise profit by it."


"When seeking wise counsel, turn to those who have exhibited obedience to the commandments and willingness to follow the promptings of the Spirit."

Robert D. Hales (Ensign, November 1988, page 10)

 "One may have many talents and knowledge but never acquire wisdom because he does not learn to be compassionate with his fellow man."

Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, November 1988, page 17)

"A wise man changes his mind, a fool never."

Spanish Proverb

"To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it."

 "You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. 
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.  You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. 
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. 
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. 
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.  You cannot build character and courage by taking away initiative and independence. 
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could do for themselves."

Attributed to Abraham Lincoln  Quoted in the book:  Your Complete Guide to Money Happiness, p. 467

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d rather have been talking. "


"Who is a wise man?  He who learns of all men." from the Talmud

"Some people start cutting their wisdom teeth the first time they bite off more than they can chew."