If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.
Guts are important. Your guts are what digest things. But it is your brains that tell you which things to swallow and which not to swallow.
It is no longer enough to be smart -- all the technological tools in the world add meaning and value only if they enhance our core values, the deepest part of our heart. Acquiring knowledge is no guarantee of practical, useful application. Wisdom implies a mature integration of appropriate knowledge, a seasoned ability to filter the inessential from the essential.
Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.
I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance.
The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.Strategic planning is worthless -- unless there is first a strategic vision.
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
Insight, I believe, refers to the depth of understanding that comes by setting experiences, yours and mine, familiar and exotic, new and old, side by side, learning by letting them speak to one another.
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.