When a person prevents his emotions from overtaking his rationality, it is called intelligence or reason.
When a person prevents his rationality from overtaking his emotions, it is called compassion.
When a person can do both, it is called wisdom.
A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy | Wing-Tsit Chan
Aristotle was very interested in watching how the craftsmen around him worked. And he was impressed at how they would improvise novel solutions to novel problems … So one example is he sees these stonemasons working … and they need to measure out round columns. Well if you think about it, it’s really hard to measure out round columns using a ruler. So what do they do? … They created a ruler that bends, what we would call these days a tape measure — a flexible rule, a rule that bends. And Aristotle said, “Hah, they appreciated that sometimes to design rounded columns, you need to bend the rule.” And Aristotle said often in dealing with other people, we need to bend the rules. Dealing with other people demands a kind of flexibility that no set of rules can encompass.
… So for Aristotle, the kind of rule-bending, rule exception-finding and improvisation that you see in skilled craftsmen is exactly what you need to be a skilled moral craftsman … A wise person knows when to bend the rules. A wise person knows when to improvise. And most important, a wise person does this improvising and rule-bending in the service of the right aims … And so the will to do the right thing is just as important as the moral skill of improvisation and exception-finding. Together they comprise practical wisdom, which Aristotle thought was the master virtue.
Mothers, teach your children this. Teach your children that Wisdom is everywhere. In pieces. Some of the Wisdom is in the trees, some of the Wisdom is with the animals. Some of the Wisdom is with the planets and the stars and the moons and the sun. Some of the Wisdom flows with the waters. Some of the Wisdom was with our ancestors. Some of the Wisdom is in our minds. All of the Wisdom is from the Spirit of God.
MotherLove: Re-Inventing a Good and Blessed Future for Our Children | Esther Davis-Thompson
If you look incessantly for variety, sooner or later you will discover that you need more wisdom.
— Fausto Cercignani
Examples of Self-Translation | Fausto Cercignani
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
— George Bernard Shaw
Maxims for Revolutionists | George Bernard Shaw
Experience is the father, and memory the mother of wisdom.
Encyclopædia of Quotations: A Treasury of Wisdom, Wit and Humor, Odd Comparisons and Proverbs | Adam Wooléver
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes
New York Medical Journal | Edward S. Dunster
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
As You Like It | Shakespeare
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