The Wisdoms Project


I love knowledge. I have a lot of it.  And I greatly respect people who also have a lot of it.  And I greatly need those people….and utilize their expertise, their knowledge, to expand my own and to aid in my understanding of my world and in my decision-making.

The attainment of knowledge, if we let it, can lead us into many different experiences that make life more interesting and fulfilling.  It was most intriguing to watch our son Marc go from raising hamsters, to playing the oboe, to running 10K races, to team debating.  It was probably the debating, and not the hamster, that led Marc to his successful legal career.

I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am….and listening to them.
And I assume that everyone is smarter about something
than I am.
Henry J. Kaiser

We are all ignorant about different things.
    Will Rogers

If your mind is stretched to a new idea,
it never goes back to its original dimensions.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes

I got my break, a big break, when I was five years old.  And it’s taken me more than seventy years to realize it.  You see, when I was five, I learned to read.  It’s that simple and it’s that profound.
Sean Connery

Very few people are wise by their own counsel;
or learned by their own teaching.
Those that are only taught by themselves,
have a fool for a master.
Ben Johnson

A person who had been bypassed for promotion went to the president and complained that they had fifteen years experience with the company.  The president answered, “Not so. You have had one year of experience fifteen times.”

Please help me out here….

What is the purpose of earlobes besides for piercing or hanging earrings?

What size were big hail stones before the game of golf was invented?

If a new car costs more than a new tuxedo, how come it costs more to rent a tuxedo than to rent a car?

If during leap year, we switched that extra day from February 29 to June 31, wouldn’t we have an extra day of summer and one less day of winter?

Why is a slice of bread square, but a slice of deli meat round?

Why is there a light in the frig, but not in the freezer?

Why does “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” and “The Alphabet Song” have the same tune?

Why doesn’t Mona Lisa have eyebrows?

                  The person who knows how will always find a place in life
                                                                                 ….but the person who knows why will be the boss.

People who don't know, but know that they don't know are students
      ….teach them.
People who know, but who don't know that they know are asleep
      ….awaken them.
But people who know and know that they know are wise
      ….follow them.
    Chinese Proverb

It is the province of knowledge to speak
and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes

Children have never been good at listening to their elders
                                          ….but they have never failed to imitate them.
    James Baldwin

Young people think old people are fools
                                       ….but old people know young people are fools.
    George Chapman

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 twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
Mark Twain

People who think they know everything are very irritating….to those of us who do.

What we learn after we know it all, is what counts.
John Wooden

I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I do and I understand.
Chinese Proverb

Why is it that:

....the hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread?
....the severity of the itch is proportional to your reach?
....the colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required on it?
....when a cemetery raises its burial costs it blames the increase on the high cost of living?
....the chance of your bread falling jelly side down is directly proportional to the cost of  the carpet?

A good scare is worth more to a person than good advice.
E.E. Howe

There are some things you learn best in calm….and some in storm.
Willa Cather

Wisdom consists of knowing what to do with what you know.

Knowledge is of two kinds:
We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
Samuel Johnson

    As a rule....the person who has the most information will have the most success.
Benjamin Disraeli

People are educated who know how to find out what they don't know.
George Simmel

The great leveler….the best tool in the search for truth is
….cross examination.
Johnnie Cochran

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
    Albert Einstein

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Carl Sagan

Believe in those people who seek the truth.
Doubt those people who are sure that they have found it.

                                                              When I was young
                                      I thought that I knew all the right answers.
                                                              As I became older
                                   I discovered I was not asking the right questions.
Reinhold Niebuhr

You can tell whether a person
            is clever by their answers.
        You can tell whether a person
            is wise by their questions.
Naguib Mahfouz

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
    James Thurber

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.
One helps you make a living and the other helps you make a life.
    Sandra Carey

The entire object of true education is to make people:

....not merely do the right things, but to enjoy doing them
....not merely to be industrious, but to love industry
....not merely to be learned, but to love knowledge
....not merely to be pure, but to love purity
....not merely to be just, but to hunger and thirst after justice.
John Ruskin

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Some first-year college students had better pay more attention in history class.  
Their essays included the following questionable statements:

The airplane was invented and first flown by the Marx Brothers.
Hitler’s instrumentality of terror was the Gazpacho.
Noah’s wife was Joan of Arc.
Middle Eastern history was written by Florence of Arabia.
The Soviets erected the Berlin Mall.
The Boston Tea Party was held at Pearl Harbor.
Americans wanted no involvement in the French and Indian War
because they didn’t want to fight in India.
During the Dark Ages, it was mostly dark.

Do not put your faith in what statistics say
until you have carefully considered what they do not say.
    William Watt

Some people use statistics the way a drunkard uses lampposts
                                                             ….for support, not illumination.
    Andrew Lang

Go from the presence of the foolish person when thou perceivith not in that person the lips of knowledge.
In other words:  Don’t waste your time arguing with an idiot.

Reading maketh a full person….
conference a ready person….
writing an exact person.
    Francis Bacon

I once spent a whole day without food and a whole night without sleep in order to meditate.  
It was no use.  It is better to learn.

At twenty years of age the will reigns;
at thirty, the wit….at forty, the judgment.
Benjamin Franklin

The problem when solved will be simple.
Sign in General Motors Research Lab

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark.
The real tragedy of life is when adults are afraid of the light.

When your views on the world and your intellect are being challenged and you begin to feel uncomfortable because of a contradiction you’ve detected that is threatening your current model of the world
    ….pay attention.  You are about to learn something.
William Drury, Jr.

If you have foresight, you’re blessed.
If you have insight, you’re a thousand times blessed.