Confucius on Wisdom

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

~ Confucius

Confucius on Questions

“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”

~ Confucius

William Shakespeare on Wisdom

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

~ William Shakespeare / As You Like It

Plato on Wisdom

“Just as bees make honey from thyme, the strongest and driest of herbs, so do the wise profit from the most difficult of experiences.”

~ Plato

Chrysippus on Want

“Wise people are in want of nothing and yet need many things. On the other hand, nothing is needed by fools, for they do not understand how to use anything but are in want of everything.”

~ Chrysippus

Coco Chanel on Sin

Sin can be forgiven, but stupid is forever.

~ Coco Chanel

Charlie Munger on Pain

Pain-Avoiding Psychological Denial: one should recognize reality even when one doesn’t like it.

~ Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger on Mistakes and Memory

Forgetting your mistakes is a terrible error if you’re trying to improve your cognition. Reality doesn’t remind you. Why not celebrate stupidities in both categories?

~ Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger on Difficult Things

We have three baskets: in, out, and too tough. … We have to have a special insight, or we’ll put it in the “too tough” basket.

~ Charlie Munger

Charlie Munger on Learning

I believe in the discipline of mastering the best that other people have ever figured out. I don’t believe in just sitting down and trying to dream it all up yourself. Nobody’s that smart.

~ Charlie Munger

Søren Kierkegaard on Life

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

~ Søren Kierkegaard

Hunter Thompson on Learning from Mistakes

“Those who fail to learn from the brutal stompings visited on them in the past are doomed to be brutally stomped in the future.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Buddha on Wisdom

“The fool who knows he is a fool is that much wiser.”

~ Buddha

William Shakespeare on Wisdom

“But I remember now
I am in this earthly world—where to do harm
Is often laudable, to do good sometime
Accounted dangerous folly.”

~ William Shakespeare

Richard Feynman on Wisdom

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”

~ Richard Feynman

Cato The Younger on Silence

“I begin to speak only when I’m certain what I’ll say isn’t better left unsaid.”

~ Cato the Younger

Aristotle on Wisdom

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.”

~ Aristotle