Wisdom is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgements and actions in keeping with this understanding. It often requires control of one's emotional reactions (the "passions") so that universal principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one's actions. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true coupled with optimum judgment as to action. Synonyms include: sagacity, discernment, or insight.
Other articles related to "wisdom":
... Therefore the philosopher (literally lover of wisdom in Greek) does not have the wisdom he or she seeks ... The sage, on the other hand, does not love or seek wisdom, because he already has wisdom ... The philosopher is not wise but, aware that he is not wise, seeks wisdom, and loves wisdom ...
... Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural, lesbian literary and art journal by and for lesbians ... Sinister Wisdom is published quarterly in Berkeley, California and provides free subscriptions to incarcerated and institutionalized women as well as reduced-price ...
... This wisdom entails avoiding danger, but only in ways consistent with their mission ... Their wisdom is to be for self-preservation, rather than doing harm to others as did the serpent of Genesis ... This further shows that the wisdom of snakes, and the innocence of doves, while different, are not at odds ...
... that Victorian 'prophetic' literature is an all-sufficing treasury of forgotten wisdom ... social issues, drawing from various forms of modern knowledge and traditional wisdom ... sage writing can be distinguished from traditional wisdom literature in that "Whereas the pronouncements of traditional wisdom literature always take as their point of departure the ...
... There were 61 households out of which 11.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 1.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.5% were non-families ... It is unknown how many male householders with no wife present existed ...
Famous quotes containing the word wisdom:
“Let me have wisdom, Beauty, wisdom and passion,
Bread to the soul, rain when the summers parch.
Give me but these, and though the darkness close
Even the night will blossom as the rose.”
—John Masefield (18781967)
“Having become conscious of the truth he once perceived, man now sees only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence, he now understands the symbolic element in Ophelias fate, he now recognizes the wisdom of the woodland god, Silenus: it nauseates him.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)
“The histories of the lives and fortunes of men are full of instances of this nature,where favorable times and lucky accidents have done for them, what wisdom or skill could not.”
—Laurence Sterne (17131768)