Quotation on wisdom from "The loss of wisdom" by John A. Meacham found in "The Wise Men (and Women!)" By Jessa Crispin
To be wise is not to know particular facts but to know without excessive confidence or excessive cautiousness. Wisdom is thus not a belief, a value, a set of facts, a corpus of knowledge or information in some specialized area, or a set of special abilities or skills. Wisdom is an attitude taken by persons toward the beliefs, values, knowledge, information, abilities, and skills that are held, a tendency to doubt that these are necessarily true or valid and to doubt that they are an exhaustive set of those things that could be known.
See also Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience by Stephen S. Hall.
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