We attain wisdom by learning to see things as they are

We attain wisdom not by creating ideals but by learning to see things clearly, as they are.

~ from SEEKING THE HEART OF WISDOM by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield

Resplendent nd eternal is Wisdom

Resplendent and eternal is Wisdom,
readily perceived by those who listen
in the Silence of the heart.
Wisdom hastens to make Herself known;
She is available to all who love and seek Her;
who awakens Her from within
will not be disappointed;
for Wisdom awaits at the threshold.

~ from WALKING WITH WISDOM by Nan Merrill

The deep wisdom way

In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery.  It’s the place of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way.

~ by Angeles Arrien

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?  Knowledge gives us information.  Wisdom gives us light on the way.  Knowledge is skill.  Wisdom is a quality.  Knowledge can be learned.  Wisdom can only be distilled from those places in life where knowledge is not enough to really explain what was happening to us, or information failed to resolve what was happening to the other.

~ by Joan Chittester in the Foreword to WISDOM OF THE BENEDICTINE ELDERS

We each contain an enduring spark of Wisdom

We each contain an enduring spark of that Wisdom at the heart of all creation.  Isolated and unsupported, it is but a small spark.  United with others, those sparks grow into a flame of illumination and strength for us all.

~ from WISDOM CIRCLES by Charles Garfield, et al

Wisdom is sweeter than honey

Wisdom is
sweeter than honey,
brings more joy
than wine,
more than the sun,
is more precious
than jewels.
She causes
the ears to hear
and the heart to comprehend.

~ by Queen Makeda (ca 1000 BCE)

O Highest Wisdom who circles the great circle

O Highest Wisdom,
who circles the great circle,
who envisions the whole world
as one living path,
you have three wings.
One soars above the sky,
another moistens the ground with sweat,
while a third flies
everywhere at once.
O Wisdom, we sing your praise.

~ by Hildegard of Bingen

Wisdom has broken through

Everybody has had transcendent wisdom break into the mind.  When you’ve wracked your brain with a problem for a long time and then, for some reason, you’ve stopped struggling, and then all of a sudden you got an "Aha! That’s it," where does that come from?  Wisdom has broken through.

~ from EMPTY DANCING by Adyashanti

Wisdom is knowledge illumined by love

Wisdom is an attribute of the soul and unfolds naturally as the soul manifests through the personality.  Knowledge can be taught; wisdom is loving understanding or knowledge illumined by love.

~ from MAITREYA'S MISSION by Benjamin Creme

Power without wisdom is tyranny

Virtue comes through contemplation of the divine as well as through public service.  The one is incomplete without the other.  Power without wisdom is tyranny; wisdom without power is ineffective.

~ by Iain Pears
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