Young man, you’re on the road that has more byways to hell than any other stretch of highway you’ll encounter throughout your days on this earth. With every breath you draw, you are developing the habits of mind, heart, and body that will shape who you will become in your adult life and that will shape your eternal destiny.
— Douglas Bond, from Stand Fast In the Way of Truth, p. 24
Wisdom is inseparable from right action. If it’s just in your head, not also in your hands, feet, mouth, and eyes, it isn’t Wisdom. And although it’s a gift, it’s not a cheap one. We could never achieve it without grace, but we have to hunger and thirst and labor for it too.
— J. Budziszewski, from Ask Me Anything 2, p. 54
Wisdom is, simply put, the knowledge of truths important to the living of a good life.
— Thomas Morris, from Making Sense of It All: Pascal and The Meaning of Life, p. 67
As the saying goes, “Smart people learn from their own mistakes; wise people learn from other’s mistakes.”
— J. P. Moreland and Mark Matlock, from Smart Faith, p. 19
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
— Jim Elliot, quoted in Stand Fast In the Way of Truth by Douglas Bond, p. 94
He [God] expects us to trust Him and to be wise. This is the theme of Proverbs, especially chapter 2. Consider verses 1-6 (NIV):
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
— Kevin DeYoung, from Just Do Something, p. 89
Wisdom is not the same as common sense, at least as it is portrayed in the Bible, nor is it knowledge for knowledge’s sake. Wisdom is the understanding of what God would have us do and then doing it, what God would have us think and then thinking it, what God would have us say and then saying it.
— James Emery White, from A Mind for God, kindle location 678
Wisdom, from a biblical understanding, is not merely the accumulation of information, although that is (often) important. A wise person understands the meaning and significance of that information, sees how it fits together and applies to the whole of life, and has the cultivated character and developed skills to live it out consistently. Wisdom integrates mind, faith and character; a life of wisdom is a sane, flourishing life in each of these respects.
— David Horner, from Mind Your Faith, kindle location 286
Wisdom (Latin sapientia) is the skill or craft of living—intellectually, morally, emotionally, spiritually, and creatively—in right relationship to God, human beings, and the world around us.
— Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 67
Do not be too confident in your own judgment. Cease to be sure that you are always right, and others always wrong. Be distrustful of your own opinion when you find it contrary to that of older men than yourself, and especially to that of your own parents. Age gives experience and therefore deserves respect. Never be ashamed of being a learner. The wisest men would tell you they are always learners, and are humbled to find after all how little they really know.
— J. C. Ryle, quoted in Stand Fast In the Way of Truth by Douglas Bond, p. 53