Knowledge versus Wisdom

We had a thought provoking Forum yesterday at BYU in which the speaker, Mark DeMoss, mentioned a quote on wisdom from Billy Graham. In searching on the Internet, I found it as well as these additional quotes:

Knowledge is horizontal, but wisdom is vertical – it comes down from above.
Billy Graham

Wisdom is knowing what to do.
Skill is knowing how to do it.
Virtue is doing it.

The fool wonders, the wise person asks.

Knowledge is proud that it knows so much.
Wisdom is humble that it knows so little.

A wise man learns from his mistakes.
A wiser man learns from others mistakes.
The wisest man learns from others successes.

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living and the other helps you make a life.
Sandra Carey


Almost a selfish act: quotes on the miracle of forgiveness

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
Josh Billings (1818 – 1885)

Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.
Lawana Blackwell, The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, 1999

The hatred you’re carrying is a live coal in your heart – far more damaging to yourself than to them.
Lawana Blackwell, The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, 1999

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

It takes a lot of emotional and psychological energy to keep a wound open, to keep a grudge alive. The longer I allow a wound to fester, the more bitterness, anger and self-pity poison my blood and eat at my heart.
Albert Haase

The Risen Christ proclaimed not that we ‘have to forgive,’ but rather, that at last we CAN forgive–and thereby free ourselves from consuming bitterness and the offender from our binding condemnation. This process requires genuine human anger and grief, plus–and here is the awful cost of such freedom–a humble willingness to see the offender as God sees that person, in all his or her terrible brokenness and need for God’s saving power. I would never tell another, ‘You have to forgive.’ But my uncomfortable duty as a Christian is to confess the truth, so lethal to our self centred human nature: ‘Jesus, who suffered your sin unto his own death, calls you likewise to forgive, so that God’s purposes may be accomplished in both you and your offender.
Gordon Dalbey

“Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another’s control… to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, tit for tat, escalating always. The present is endlessly overwhelmed and devoured by the past. Forgiveness frees the forgiver. It extracts the forgiver from someone else’s nightmare.”
Lance Morrow

When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it.
Louis B. Smedes

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Lewis B. Smedes

Many people are afraid to forgive because they feel they must remember the wrong or they will not learn from it. The opposite is true. Through forgiveness, the wrong is released from its emotional stranglehold on us so that we can learn from it. Through the power and intelligence of the heart, the release of forgiveness brings expanded intelligence to work with the situation more effectively.
David McArthur & Bruce McArthur

A Christian will find it cheaper to pardon than to resent. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, and the waste of spirit.
Hannah More

Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Abraham Lincoln


Our choice to act is the only real means of learning

It’s only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.
Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Islands (1896), Pt. 3, Ch. 2

Those who do make mistakes, those who do nothing make no progress.

Chi fa falla, e chi non fa sfarfalla.
English translation: Those who act make mistakes; and those who do nothing really blunder.

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.

Faculty must give their students an assurance they are God’s children

Our concern is for the whole student—his spiritual as well as his academic development, and the way he lives as much as what he studies.

I have often told the BYU faculty, “If you have come here only to teach Greek or nuclear physics, and you do not give your students an assurance that they are God’s children, that they have a divine purpose for being here, and that they are to be engaged in a life of service, you will have failed as a teacher and we will have failed as an institution.”

Ernest L. Wilkinson, “Brigham Young University,” Ensign, May 1971