Wisdom and Stupidity

"Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Stupidity is generally it's own punishment."


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?"

Herman Melville
Herman Melville "The Problem of Socrates"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It is a trait of fools to perceive the faults of others but not their own."

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Marcus Tullius Cicero "Tusculanae Disputationes"

Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"I'll trade wisdom for youth any day."

Brad Pitt Los Angeles Times; December 26, 2008
Brad Pitt Los Angeles Times; December 26, 2008

Rating: 7.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Don't express your ideas too clearly. Most people think little of what they understand, and venerate what they do not."

Baltasar Gracian
Baltasar Gracian "The Art of Worldly Wisdom"

Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Humankind is at the crossroads. One path leads to utter despair and hopelessness. The other path to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull."


Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil not the strength to choose between the two."

John Cheever
John Cheever "John Cheever: The Journals"

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."


Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while."


Rating: 6.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"If we find a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Money doesn't like fools but fools love money."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Nothing costs you more dearly than your own foolishness."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being."


Rating: 6.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The wise person has long ears and a short tongue."


Rating: 6.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Is there any such thing as wisdom not applied to life?"

Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau "The Writings of Henry David Thoreau"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Wisdom cries out in the streets, and no man regards it."


Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool."


Rating: 3.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God."


Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; but they are the instruments of the wise."


Rating: 3.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it."


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know."


Rating: 3.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Solomon made a big mistake when he asked for wisdom."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month."


Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"People are, if anything, more touchy about being thought silly than they are about being thought unjust."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Raphael paints wisdom; Handel sings it, Phidias carves it, Shakespeare writes it, Wren builds it, Columbus sails it, Luther preaches it, Washington arms it, Watt mechanizes it."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents."

Khalil Gibran
Khalil Gibran "Between Reality and Fantasy"

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Lots of white people think black people are stupid. They are stupid themselves for thinking so, but regulation will not make them smarter."

Stephen Carter
Stephen Carter "Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby"

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom."


Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"We may give wise advice, but we cannot give wisdom to follow it."


Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time."


Rating: 7.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so."


Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Seriousness is stupidity sent to college."

P.J. O`Rourke
P.J. O`Rourke "Give War A Chance"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The increase in wisdom can be measured precisely by the decrease in bile."


Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun."

Franz Grillparzer
Franz Grillparzer "Notebooks and Diaries"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Experience is the teacher of all things."


Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There is no such thing as the old age of the wise."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs."


Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)