Acacia Resources, BCE’s publishing division, has unveiled its newest online Sunday School curriculum: Living Wisely, Living Well: Lessons from The Proverbs. As churches and individuals begin to purchase the material, we offer these famous quotes about wisdom—for reflection and use by students and teachers.

“Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop Than when we soar.” — William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet

“Raphael paints wisdom, Handel sings it, Phidias carves it, Shakespeare writes it, Wren builds it, Columbus sails it, Luther preaches it, Washington arms it, Watt mechanizes it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American author

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” — Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), British author

“He is truly wise who gains wisdom from another’s mishap.” — Publius Syrius (42 B.C.), Roman statesman

“The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of the public.” — Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author

“Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.” —Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), American statesman

“Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love.” — Honore de Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist

“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” — Norman Cousins (1915-1990), American writer

“Perhaps in His wisdom the Almighty is trying to show us that a leader may chart the way, may point out the road to lasting peace, but that many leaders and many peoples must do the building. ” — Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), American First Lady

“The extreme limit of wisdom—that’s what the public calls madness.” — Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French filmmaker

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