What is Wisdom?

  • (noun): The trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight.
    Synonyms: wiseness
    See also — Additional definitions below


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.

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Sage (Sophos)
... Therefore the philosopher (literally lover of wisdom in Greek) does not have the wisdom he or she seeks ... sage, on the other hand, does not love or seek wisdom, because he already has wisdom ... wise but, aware that he is not wise, seeks wisdom, and loves wisdom ...
Coming Persecutions - 10:16 Necessity of Cunning and Innocence
... 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 ...
Wisdom, Montana - Demographics - 2000 Census Data
... 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 ...
Sinister 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 subscriptions for lesbians with limited/fi ...
Sage Writing - Characteristic Traits
... 'prophetic' literature is an all-sufficing treasury of forgotten wisdom ... forms of modern knowledge and traditional wisdom ... George Landow, who developed Holloway's model, sage writing can be distinguished from traditional wisdom literature in that "Whereas the pronouncements of traditional wisdom ...

More definitions of "Wisdom":

  • (noun): Accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment.
  • (noun): Ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight.
    Synonyms: sapience
  • (noun): An Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC.
    Synonyms: Wisdom of Solomon

Famous quotes containing the word wisdom:

    The wisdom of age: don’t stop walking.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    For wisdom is the property of the dead,
    A something incompatible with life; and power,
    Like everything that has the stain of blood,
    A property of the living; but no stain
    Can come upon the visage of the moon
    When it has looked in glory from a cloud.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    I go by the great republican principle, that the people will have the virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom [to the offices of government].
    James Madison (1751–1836)