These positive quotes are for the week of May 10 – May 16, 2021, and are famous quotes about wisdom.
I prepare and publish a video for Youtube and a post for a website with new positive daily thoughts, proverbs, or quotes from famous writers, poets, philosophers, celebrities every Sunday. And I’m happy to read your feedback on which quote you like best, which one you find great inspiration, which one brightened your day.
Weekly positive Quotes – May 10 – May 16, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
Aristotle (384–322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and polymath during the Classical period in Ancient Greece. Taught by Plato, he was the founder of the Lyceum, the Peripatetic school of philosophy, and the Aristotelian tradition. His writings cover many subjects including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theatre, music, rhetoric, psychology, linguistics, economics, politics, and government. Aristotle provided a complex synthesis of the various philosophies existing prior to him. It was above all from his teachings that the West inherited its intellectual lexicon, as well as problems and methods of inquiry. As a result, his philosophy has exerted a unique influence on almost every form of knowledge in the West and it continues to be a subject of contemporary philosophical discussion.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
Socrates ( 470 – 399 BC) was a Greek philosopher from Athens who is credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher of the Western ethical tradition of thought. Socrates exerted a strong influence on philosophers in later antiquity and in the modern era. Depictions of Socrates in art, literature, and popular culture have made him one of the most widely known figures in the Western philosophical tradition.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
“The fool do think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon” (or simply “the Bard”).
Thursday, May 13, 2021
“People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau ( 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the Enlightenment throughout Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the development of modern political, economic, and educational thought.
Friday, May 14, 2021
“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September 1828 – 20 November 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. In the 1870s, Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening, as outlined in his non-fiction work A Confession (1882).
Saturday, May 15, 2021
“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
Paulo Coelho de Souza (born 24 August 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel The Alchemist. In 2014, he uploaded his personal papers online to create a virtual Paulo Coelho Foundation.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”
Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.
15 additional quotes about wisdom
“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.”
“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.
But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”
“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.”
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
“Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.”
“Wisdom cannot be imparted. The wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else… Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses.”
William Arthur Ward
“A smart person knows how to talk. A wise person knows when to be silent.”
Roy T. Bennett
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