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Sermon quotes on wisdom

Aristotle

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Augustine of Hippo

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Francis Bacon

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

John Calvin

True wisdom consists in two things: Knowledge of God and Knowledge of Self.

Thomas Fuller

The fool wanders, a wise man travels.

Martin Luther

Sometimes the curses of the godless sound better than the hallelujahs of the pious.

John C. Maxwell

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

J.I. Packer

Wisdom is the power to see and the inclination to choose the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it.

William Shakespeare

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

As You Like It

Charles Spurgeon

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

Marilyn vos Savant

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.

Charles E. Fuller

To know the Word of God, to live the Word of God, to preach the Word, to teach the Word, is the sum of all wisdom, the heart of all Christian service.

Dallas Willard

The world can no longer be left to mere diplomats, politicians, and business leaders. They have done the best they could, no doubt. But this is an age for spiritual heroes—a time for men and women to be heroic in their faith and in spiritual character and power.

C.S. Lewis

No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.

Jen Wilkin

The most basic act of wisdom is repentance.

In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character, Crossway. 

Robert Newton Peck

Never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut.

C.S. Lewis

The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.

Thomas A Kempis

A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.

John Maxwell

Wise men of every age, when handed a difficult situation, don’t panic about the problem, but hold steady and say, “God is somewhere in this stable of life. There’s something I can learn. I’ll hold steady because God is somewhere in this.”

On This Holy Night, Thomas Nelson, 2013, p. 11.

Abraham Heschel

Awe is more than an emotion; it is a way of understanding, insight into a meaning greater than ourselves. The beginning of awe is wonder, and the beginning of wisdom is awe.

Who Is Man? 1965 

Bernard of Clairvaux

The man who is wise, therefore, will see his life as more like a reservoir than a canal. The canal simultaneously pours out what it receives; the reservoir retains the water till it is filled, then discharges the overflow without loss to itself … Today there are many in the Church who act like canals, the reservoirs are far too rare … You too must learn to await this fullness before pouring out your gifts, do not try to be more generous than God.

On the Song of Songs

Charles Spurgeon

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

Frederick Buechner

Even the saddest things can become, once we have made peace with them, a source of wisdom and strength for the journey that still lies ahead.

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