Saturday, May 30, 2009

The beginning of wisdom

There seems to be a discrepancy:
  • "The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth." (Pierre Abelard)
  • "The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names" (Chinese proverb)
  • "Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom." (Theodore Rubin)
  • "Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom." (Bertrand Russell)
  • "The beginning of wisdom is to not confuse wisdom with things clever, cute, obvious. (me)
  • "Wonder is the beginning of wisdom." (Socrates, or Anonymous, or Socrates, understandably, wanting to remain anonymous.)
  • "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10)
  • "Knowing that you know nothing is the beginning of wisdom" (Willem Buiter)
  • "The beginning of wisdom is the awareness that there is insufficient evidence that a god or gods have created us and the recognition that we are responsible in part for our own destiny. Human beings can achieve this good life, but it is by the cultivation of the virtues of intelligence and courage, not faith and obedience, that we will most likely be able to do so." (Paul Kurtz)
  • "The beginning of wisdom is to desire it." (Solomon Ibn Gabirol)

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