Isaac Asimov, author of Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations, writes, "The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." Here are some words of wisdom to live by in a world that has us spinning faster than ever.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. -Confucius
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. -Thomas Jefferson
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. -Doug Larson
Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. -Albert Einstein
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. -Sandra Carey
Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom. -Merry Browne
When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity. -John F. Kennedy
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. -Khalil Gibran
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. -Elbert Hubbard
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Sherrie Bourg Carter is the author of High Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout
(Prometheus Books, 2011).