Wisdom Sermon Illustrations

Wisdom Sermon Illustrations

Men of great wealth want to see more wise men. Notice their gifts to education. It is estimated that there are more than 10,000 foundations in the United States. Some of these are of great size. They have been set up by successful men who have a great desire to see their lifetime savings used wisely. They want to see wise men developed.

And yet we are not finding as great a wealth of wise men as we might like.

We are told "You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink. You can labor with your students, but you cannot make them think."

And then answers a professor
Who has handled many a colt
You may make your horse get thirsty
If you will just feed him salt.—Speaking to American Youth


If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.


Thomas Jefferson: "The wise know too well their own weakness to assume infallibility; and he who knows most, knows how little he knows."—Friendly Chat


The difference between a "wise guy" and a wise man is plenty.—Dr. Galen Starr Ross, president of Capitol College of Oratory & Music, Columbus, Ohio


The wise man knows everything; the shrewd man everyone.—Round Table Talk, Collegiate Cap & Gown Company


The simple realization that there are other points of view is the beginning of wisdom. Understanding what they are is a great step. The final test is understanding why they are held.—Charles M. Campbell, quoted in New Outlook


A college professor once said of a particularly poor student, "The trouble with him is that he does not know that he does not know." That is true ignorance. It is real wisdom to know when we do not know.—Reverend H. Pleune, Christian Observer


Wise men are neither cast down in defeat nor exalted by success.—Pythagoras


To be sell-skeptical is the beginning of self-wisdom.—H. A. Overstreet


A man becomes wise by watching what happens to him when he isn't.—Dublin Opinion


A wise man will hear and increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.—Song of Solomon


He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.—Jim Eliot, Defender


The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.—H. L. Mencken, Today's Health Wit & Wisdom, by Noah D. Fabricant


To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.—C. Collins


A gourd wound itself around the lofty palm and in a few weeks climbed to its very top. "How old may'st thou be?" asked the newcomer. "About 100 years." "About 100 years, and no taller! Only look, I have grown as tall as you in fewer days than you count years."

"I know that well," replied the palm. "Every summer of my life a gourd has climbed up around me as proud as thou art, and as short lived as thou wilt be."—Reverend A. Purnell Bailey, Grit


It's a wise child that goes out of the room to laugh when the old man mashes his thumb.

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