Intelligence vs. Wisdom

We've all seen examples of so-called "nutty professors." People who have an amazing amount of book knowledge but can't remember where the car keys are; can explain non-fungible tokens and nanotechnology yet forget their spouse's birthday.


I once wanted to know the contents of all the books in our college library (I was a budding philosopher after all 😊) and one of my professors said that it would be a waste of space in my head. "Ask yourself," he continued, "why they wrote the books and those answers will make you wise."


So here goes. I don't know the source of this list but it's chock-full of... wait for it... wisdom!


1. Intelligence leads to arguments. Wisdom leads to settlements.

2. Intelligence is power of will. Wisdom is power OVER will.

3. Intelligence is heat, it burns. Wisdom is warmth, it comforts.

4. Intelligence is pursuit of knowledge, it tires the seeker. Wisdom is pursuit of truth, it inspires the seeker.

5. Intelligence is holding on. Wisdom is letting go.

6. Intelligence leads you. Wisdom guides you.

7. An intelligent woman thinks she knows everything. A wise woman knows that there is still something to learn.

8. An intelligent man always tries to prove his point. A wise man knows there really is no point.

9. An intelligent person freely gives unsolicited advice. A wise person keeps her counsel until all options are considered.

10. An intelligent person understands what is being said. A wise person understands what is left unsaid.

11. An intelligent woman speaks when she has to say something. A wise woman speaks when she has something to say.

12. An intelligent man sees everything as relative. A wise man sees everything as related.

13. An intelligent person tries to control the mass flow. A wise person navigates the mass flow.

14. An intelligent man preaches. A wise woman reaches.


Bottom Line:  Intelligence is good but wisdom achieves better results.