The Pursuit of Wisdom: Words From the Wise

Bear with me for a minute... or if the next few ideas are too abstract, then just go to the quotes.

  • Meta-thinking is thinking about how to think.
  • Epistemology is the philosophy of knowing, which wants to know - how do we know?
  • Philosophy literally means, "the love of wisdom."
  • Theology is "the study of God" or the study of the things of God.

Wisdom is a major theme in the Bible. Tomorrow I will share a few thoughts about the Bible on wisdom. But today I simply wanted to show you that the world's great philosophers and religious founders are quite unanimous on the goodness of you and I pursuing wisdom. Some might even say that it is the pursuit of wisdom that is the way to happiness.

As you look over the quotes, which is your favorite?

To know what you know and to know what you don't know, that is real wisdom. Confucius

Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back,
and choose the path that leads to wisdom. Buddha

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.  Socrates

In youth and beauty, wisdom is but rare!  Homer
Fortunately I am neither young nor beautiful...  :-)

Science is organized knowledge.
Wisdom is organized LIFE.
Immanuel Kant

And the last one comes from a practical philosopher/leader and incredibly wise man who read ONE BOOK A DAY, even during his presidency!

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. Teddy Roosevelt
In other words, Monday morning wisdom after losing the big game, is not as wise as pre-game wisdom that wins the game.

So which quotes help you understand the meaning of wisdom?

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International