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Hope is the strongest driving force for a people. Hope which brings about change, which produces new realities, is what opens man's road to freedom. Once hope has taken hold, courage must unite with wisdom. That is the only way of avoiding violence, the only way of maintaining the calm one needs to respond peacefully to offenses.
-- Oscar Arias Sanchez

 

* The interdependency of humankind, the relevance of relationship, the sacredness of creation is ancient, ancient wisdom.
-- Rebecca Adamson

* The indigenous understanding has its basis of spirituality in a recognition of the interconnectedness and interdependence of all living things, a holistic and balanced view of the world. All things are bound together. All things connect. What happens to the Earth happens to the children of the earth. Humankind has not woven the web of life; we are but one thread. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
-- Rebecca Adamson

 

To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom.
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

* Man has but little heeded the advice of the wise men. He has been - fatefully, if not willingly - less virtuous, less constant, less rational, less peaceful than he knows how to be, than he is fully capable of being. He has been led astray from the ways of peace and brotherhood by his addiction to concepts and attitudes of narrow nationalism, racial and religious bigotry, greed and lust for power.
-- Ralph J. Bunche

 

If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.
-- Rachel Carson

* Through mutual understanding, sincerity and goodwill, and with great wisdom and broad views, the leaders on both sides should jointly initiate new opportunities for peace, stability, cooperation and mutual benefit.
-- Chen Shui-bian

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
-- Norman Cousins

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
-- Albert Einstein

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
-- Albert Einstein

 

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"...our civilization, so addicted to knowledge, has fled from wisdom. Knowledge is very, very powerful. If it is not tempered and contoured by greater visions, like justice, compassion, beauty, grace and thinking of the next generation and seven generations to come -- then indeed, it is dangerous. Unfortunately, many of our educational systems in the West are still very dangerous places."
-- Matthew Fox

Compassion is the essence of Jesus’ teaching, and indeed of the teaching of all great spiritual figures from Mohammed to Isaiah, from Lao Tzu to Chief Seattle. Yet compassion has been sentimentalized and severed from its relationship to justice-making and celebration. Creation Spirituality links the struggle for justice with the yearning for mysticism.
-- Matthew Fox

 

The doors of wisdom are never shut
-- Benjamin Franklin

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

The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs, of his neighbor.
-- Benjamin Franklin

* “I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.”
-- Mohandas Gandhi

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.
-- Mohandas Gandhi

* “I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.”
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

 

Wisdom is the key to understanding the age, creating the time.
-- Herbie Hancock

Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose.
-- Herbie Hancock

You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can't practice to attain wisdom.
-- Herbie Hancock

 

* Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
-- Jimi Hendrix

 

Common sense dictates that we evaluate our beliefs on the basis of how they affect us. If they make us more loving, creative, and wise, they are good beliefs. If they make us cruel, jealous, depressed and sick, they cannot be good beliefs.
-- Barbara Marx Hubbard


* Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom, to see everything through the filter of right and left.
-- Arianna Huffington

 

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll

* "Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
--
Thomas Jefferson

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
--
Thomas Jefferson

I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
--
Helen Keller

Those who know are wise. Those who know themselves are enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
-- Abraham Lincoln

"...I believe, with Gandhi, that we need to take an imaginative leap forward toward fresh and generous idealism for the sake of all humanity -- that we neeed to renew this ancient wisdom of nonviolence, to strive for a disarmed world, and to create a culture of nonviolence."
-- Mairead Corrigan Maguire

"Sometimes criticism can throw you off balance. Calm yourself by breathing deeply and go within to look at the issue from a place of wisdom. Check to see what your heart has to say about the matter. Antoine de Saint Exupery said, “It is with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Then make some changes in your standard operating procedure—start operating more from your heart."
-- Lynne Namka (AngriesOut.com)

 

"Sometimes criticism can throw you off balance. Calm yourself by breathing deeply and go within to look at the issue from a place of wisdom. Check to see what your heart has to say about the matter."
-- Lynne Namka (AngriesOut.com)

 

* "Sometimes older folks tell me: 'I was idealistic and thought I could change the world once, too, but then I grew up.' I'm trying to help us change our definition of growing up, so that it ceases to mean giving up on our ideals, and comes to mean learning how to live our dreams, every day, on the Earth. I want to awaken the passion and creativity of youth, combine it with the wisdom, experience and insight of elders, and transform our world."
~ Ocean Robbins

 

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

"Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
-- Bertrand Russell

 

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

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
- Sophocles

A short saying often contains much wisdom.
- Sophocles


* We have been given the gift of life in this perplexing world to become who we ultimately are: creatures of boundless love, caring compassion, and wisdom. -- Brother Wayne Teasdale

"Every one of us is a mystic. We may or may not realize it, we may not even like it. But whether we know it or not, whether we accept it or not, mystical experience is always there, inviting us on a journey of ultimate discovery. We have been given the gift of life in this perplexing world to become who we ultimately are: creatures of boundless love, caring compassion, and wisdom. Existence is a summons to the eternal journey of the sage - the sage we all are, if only we could see." -- Brother Wayne Teasdale

 

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but to so love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”
-- Henry David Thoreau

A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance.
-- Henry David Thoreau

It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
-- Henry David Thoreau

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

 

 

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
-- Henry David Thoreau

The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people.
-- Mark Twain

The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.
-- Oprah Winfrey

Turn your wounds into wisdom.
-- Oprah Winfrey

 

 

 

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