The oldest source for our word wisdom comes from the Proto-Indo-European root weid or weyd meaning “to see.” This root leads us through history to related words in Celtic, Hellenic, Germanic, and Balto-Slavic languages, to name just a few.
Meanwhile, the equivalent word in the Romance languages and more comes from the Proto-Italic sapiō originallymeaning “taste, discern, tell apart” and eventually, in Medieval Latin, coming to mean “I know.” Sapiō comes in turn from the Proto-Indo-European *sp-ye- meaning “to notice,” and from *sep- meaning “to try, to research,” the latter of these also being part of the etymology of the Greek sophós meaning clever, skillful, intelligent, and wise.
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
time is limited; so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be
trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s
thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own
inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart
and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.
There is a wise being living inside of you. It is your intuitive self. Focus your awareness into a deep place in your body, a place where your “gut feelings” reside. You can communicate with it by silently talking to it, making requests, or asking questions. Then relax, don’t think too hard with your mind, and be open to receiving answers. They are usually very simple and relate to the present moment, not the past or the future, and they feel right.
The value of the average conversation could be enormously improved by the constant use of four simple words: “I do not know.”
The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know
~Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
There are seasons, in human affairs, of inward and outward revolution, when new depths seem to be broken up in the soul, when new wants are unfolded in multitudes, and a new and undefined good is thirsted for. There are periods when…to dare, is the highest wisdom.
~William Ellery Channing
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
~1 Corinthians 3:19
Turn your wounds into wisdom.
The best teachers are the ones who show you how to use your heart.
~Brian Andreas, StoryPeople
Faith is a commitment to live as if certain things are true, and thereby help to make them so. Faith is a commitment to live as if life is a wondrous mystery, as if life is good, as if love is divine, as if we are responsible for the well-being of those around us…. Faith is a leap of the moral imagination that connects the world as it is to the world as it might become.
Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2020 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘Wisdom’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)