Practices that foster wisdom:
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation… But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” Walden – Henry David Thoreau, 1854.
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;those who hold her fast will be blessed. Proverbs 3, King Solomon, approx. 950 BC.
“We become free as we let go of our three primary energy centers: our need for power and control, our need for safety and security, and our need for affection and esteem.” Richard Rohr, The Art of Letting Go: Living the Wisdom of Saint Francis
“When you get your,’Who am I?’, question right, all of your,’What should I do?’ questions tend to take care of themselves”
Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
“Wisdom comes from what you do with your pain.” Richard Rohr, Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality
“Not everything that can be counted counts. Not everything that counts can be counted.” William Bruce Cameron
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15.1
“For the senses wander, and when one lets the mind follow them, it carries wisdom away like a windblown ship on the waters.”
“For whereas speaking distracts, silence and work collect the thoughts and strengthen the spirit.” St. John of the Cross
“It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested.” On The Shortness of Life– Lucius Seneca, approx. 50 AD.
“The mind sorts in terms of stereotypes. The heart deals in archetypes. And that is where wisdom is to be found.” Laurie Beth Jones, Learn from the Best – Jesus Life Coach
“The competition to succeed and win admiration is so fierce that it becomes all-consuming… The noise of fast and shallow communications makes it harder to hear the quieter sounds that emanate from the depths. We live in a culture that teaches us to promote and advertise ourselves and to master the skills required for success, but that gives little encouragement to humility, sympathy, and honest self-confrontation, which are necessary for building character.” The Road to Character, David Brooks