Soul Food for Friday: Quotes of Wisdom to Make a Life, not Just a Living

Sandra Carey observes, “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living and the other helps you make a life.” This week’s Soul Food for Friday is dedicated to help you make a life as we feast on life making quotes on wisdom.

“You need knowledge to pass tests in school; you need wisdom to pass the tests of life.” — Dr. Adrian Rogers

“Learning without wisdom is a load of books on a donkey’s back.” — Zora Neale Hurston

“The greatest wisdom not applied to action and behavior is meaningless data.” — Peter Drucker

“When we grow in the wisdom of God, we begin to recognize that everything connects. Wisdom frees us from living disconnected lives. Wisdom frees us from superstitions that constrain us and broken relationships that cripple us.” — Erwin McManus, Uprising

“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My wisdom and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.” — Abraham Lincoln

— Proverbs 1:7

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Scroll of the Book of Proverbs by Pete Unseth via wikicommons

“Wisdom is the power to put our time to the proper use.” — Thomas J. Watson

“Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes, fools by their own.” — H G. Bohn

“By three methods we learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.” — Confucius

“Wisdom comes at sixty, not before.” — Henry Ward Beecher’s advice to Edward Bok (I’m getting closer then to being wise)

“Wisdom is the correct use of truth in the knowledge we have.” — Fred Smith

“Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind, and when to mind your speech.” — Cathedral Pines Church, Titusville, Florida

“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no on can take for us or spare us.” — Marcel Proust

“The brilliant moves we occasionally make would not have been possible without the prior dumb ones.” — Stanley Goldstein

“in seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth reaching others.” — Ibn Gabirol

“Doubt is often the beginning of wisdom.” — M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled and Beyond

“Wisdom is not a state of being, or a destination at which one finally arrives; rather it is bread for the journey — a companion to one’s pilgrim walk.” — G. David Yeager

“Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditions we find ourselves.” — Eugene H. Peterson, The Message: Proverbs 

“He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool. Shun him. He who knows not and knows that he knows not is a child. Teach him. He who knows and knows not that he knows is asleep. Wake him. He who knows and knows not that he knows is a wise man. Follow him.” — Arab Proverb

“Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.” — Phaedrus

“Wisdom often consists of knowing what to do next.” — Herbert Hoover (enough said)

“Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.” — Lord Chesterfield

“Wisdom comes … not from trying to do great things for God … but more from being faithful to the small, obscure tasks few people ever see.” — Chuck Swidnoll

“Wisdom entereth not into a malicious mind.” — Rabelais

“There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he who thinks himself the happiest man really is so; but he who thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.” — Charles Caleb Colton

“Praying for wisdom becomes an essential part of the Christian walk. Since God is wisdom and that wisdom is personified for us in Jesus Christ and the word of the cross, ti is crucial that we stay in touch with the game plan for our lives.” — David B. Marth

“A wise man changes his mind; a fool never will.” — Spanish Proverb

“Intelligence is when you spot the flaw in your boss’s reasoning. Wisdom is when you refrain to point it out.” — James Dent (wiser still  when you do so graciously and privately)

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.” — Doug Larson

“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” — Norman Cousins

“Horse sense means seeing things two ways — how you want them to be and how they have to be.” — June Smith

“Wisdom is the God-given ability to see life with rare objectivity and to handle life with rare stability.” — Chuck Swindoll

“Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.” — Doug Larson

“In light of my past experience … my current circumstances … my future hopes and dreams, waht is the wise thing to do?” — Andy Stanley, The Best Question Ever 

So what quotes on wisdom feed your soul this Friday to make a life, not just a living?


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One response to “Soul Food for Friday: Quotes of Wisdom to Make a Life, not Just a Living

  1. Boy, Richard, are we ever on the same page today! My Friday post ends with: Smart people know what to do. Wise people do it. “3 Steps to Connecting What You Know To What You Do” ( ). I will definitely provide a link to your post.

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