I’m not young enough to know everything. ― Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything.
You only have to remember it. ― George Burns (1896–1996)
Two kinds of knowledge
There are two kinds of knowledge:
Youth knows it all, without having lived;
And having lived and learned, Old Age
Soon forgets what it’s come to know.
Then there’s the wisdom
Of knowing you know nothing;
But knowing your Self.
― Ken Chawkin (1944–still learning)
The Coming Of Wisdom With Time
Though leaves are many, the root is one;
Through all the lying days of my youth
I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
Now I may wither into the truth.
― William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
― Socrates (469–399 B.C.E.)
― Ancient Greek aphorism on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi
Those who know are wise. Those who know themselves are enlightened.
― Laozi (5th or 4th century BC)
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
— Rumi (13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic.)
Also see: Searching For The Meaning Of Your Life.
And this related poem: Seeing Is Being.