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Journaling Prompts

Inner Wisdom: How do you connect with your own inner wisdom? Are you someone who trusts your gut? What do you feel in your body when you know for certain that something is right or wrong? How do you handle situations when your inner wisdom is being challenged?
This I believe: What are the core beliefs that you hold dear? What do you know for certain without any reservation or confusion? Does this piece of knowledge come from your own life experience or from a person, group or concept?
Collective Wisdom: There are things that are seemingly part of the collective wisdom: (‘we are smarter than me’). Do you find yourself fitting in with, or at odds with, what others may see as ‘the way’? Is there such a thing as true ‘clear thinking’ or ‘good judgment’? Is there a group with which you connect that speaks to your particular kind of understanding?
A Mother’s Wisdom or Woman’s Intuition: Do you believe that women have a special ability to ‘see’ the world with a unique understanding or comprehension that men may not share? If you’re a mother, do you have insight or foresight that the men in your world don’t have?

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The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates

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. Confucius

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Moliere

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. Khalil Gibran

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. Lao Tzu

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. George Bernard Shaw

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. Publilius Syrus

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. Benjamin Franklin

There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money. Benjamin Franklin

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James

Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents. Khalil Gibran

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. Henry David Thoreau

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. Walter Lippmann

Be happy. It's one way of being wise. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man. Henry David Thoreau

Patience is the companion of wisdom. Saint Augustine

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk. Doug Larson

A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. Herb Caen

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. Theodore Roosevelt

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself. Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart. Charles Dickens

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. Sophocles

It is impossible to love and to be wise. Francis Bacon

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.  H. L. Mencken

Who is wise in love, love most, say least. Alfred Lord Tennyson

No man was ever wise by chance. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. Francis Bacon

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone. Horace

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. Tom Wilson

Wise men make more opportunities than they find. Francis Bacon

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. Aesop

Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it. Hermann Hesse

He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom. James Huneker

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. David Starr Jordan


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