wisdom

A Quote by Aeschylus on grief, guidance, heart, memory, men, pleasure, sleep, suffering, and wisdom

Chorus: Zeus, who guided men to think who laid it down that wisdom comes alone through suffering. Still there drips in sleep against the heart grief of memory; against our pleasure we are temperate.

Aeschylus (525 - 456 BC)

Source: Agamemnon, Lines 177-180

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A Quote by Aeschylus on suffering and wisdom

Wisdom cometh by suffering.

Aeschylus (525 - 456 BC)

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A Quote by Aeschylus on despair, god, grace, heart, pain, sleep, wisdom, and words

In our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God. Quoted by Robert F. Kennedy, delivering an extemporaneous eulogy to Martin Luther King, Jr., the evening of April 4, 1968, in Indianapolis, Indiana. These words, lacking "own," have been used as one of the inscriptions at the Robert F. Kennedy gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.

Aeschylus (525 - 456 BC)

Source: Agamemnon. This translation used by R.F Kennedy.

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A Quote by Aeschylus on despair, god, grace, heart, memory, pain, sleep, sorrow, wisdom, and words

Drop, drop - in our sleep, upon the heart sorrow falls, memory's pain, and to us, though against our very will, even in our own despite, comes wisdom by the awful grace of God. The above lines are from Edith Hamilton, translator, Three Greek Plays, p. 170 (1937). Other translations of this passage from Aeschylus vary. Robert F. Kennedy, delivering an extemporaneous eulogy to Martin Luther King, Jr., the evening of April 4, 1968, in Indianapolis, Indiana, said, "Aeschylus wrote: 'In our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.'" These words, lacking "own," have been used as one of the inscriptions at the Robert F. Kennedy gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.

Aeschylus (525 - 456 BC)

Source: Agamemnon.

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A Quote by Aeschylus on memory, motherhood, and wisdom

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

Aeschylus (525 - 456 BC)

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A Quote by Adlai Ewing Stevenson on generations and wisdom

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.

Adlai Stevenson (1900 - 1965)

Source: Quoting John Stuart Mill

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on conviction, day, and wisdom

I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: Lincoln Observed: The Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooks edited by Michael Burlingame

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A Quote by Abraham Lincoln on blessings, god, grace, heaven, imagination, nations, necessity, peace, power, prosperity, success, superiority, virtue, wealth, and wisdom

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own, intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

Source: proclamation of National Fast Day, March 30, 1863.

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A Quote by 'Abd al-Kader on divinity, god, hell, knowledge, laws, mercy, paradise, purity, spirituality, and wisdom

If the divine Mercy grants him the knowledge of himself, then his adoration will be pure; and, for him, paradise and hell, recompense, spiritual degrees and all created things will be as though God had never created them. He will not accord them any importance, nor will he take them into consideration, except to the extent that it is prescribed by the divine Law and Wisdom. For then he will know Who is the sole Agent.

'Abd al-Kader (1807 - 1883)

Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 4, p. 38-39)

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A Quote by 'Abd al-Kader on conformity, perception, prophets, purity, unity, vision, wisdom, and worship

But, in conformity to His wisdom it was right that afterwards the Prophet should be sent back from the vision of pure Unity and that he should return . . . toward the separative vision. For, He created man and jinn only that they should worship Him and know Him - and, if they remained at the degree of pure Unity, there would be none to worship Him. In this separative vision, the Worshipped and the worshipper, the Lord and the servant, the Creator and the creature are again perceived.

'Abd al-Kader (1807 - 1883)

Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 253, pp. 176-177

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