What is wisdom?

I sort of knew that there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. However, I can never put my finger on what is the difference between these two concepts.


1. Facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.

2. Awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation.

Oxford Dictionary


The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise.

Oxford Dictionary

So, probably, there is a common ground for both knowledge and wisdom. In fact, knowledge forms part of wisdom.

The confusion of knowledge for wisdom is one of the great misfortunes of our times.

Knowledge and wisdom are not the same thing.

While knowledge may be a door that opens the path to wisdom, it is not, in itself, wisdom.

Josei Toda

Since I was young, I wanted to become a person with wisdom. I wanted to be a wise person. However, I didn’t know how to benchmark this.

Knowledge itself is a neutral tool that can be used for good or evil.

Wisdom, in contrast, always directs us towards happiness.

The task of education must be to stimulate and unleash the wisdom that lies dormant in the lives of all young people.

This is not a forced process.

Like pressing something into a preformed mold, but rather drawing out the potential which exists within.

Daisaku Ikeda

I am an information gatherer, doesn’t mean I am wise but I gather information with intention that piece of information might be useful at a time in life. I feel satisfied just by stocking up information. Some information might never used in my life but it meant something to me at that given moment in my life.

I have passion for my own education, probably because I am yet to be satisfied with my level of wisdom. More I learn or study, more I feel I am not where I wanted to be. Some people might call it part of growth. If that’s the case, I am yet to see the limit of my growth.

Wisdom is invisible.

It can only be gauged by a person’s actual conduct and behaviour.

Daisaku Ikeda

Back to my question: How to benchmark being a wise person or not?
It is only through my own behaviour and action I am taking. It is only through my own being that I can benchmark this.

Are you a person with wisdom?
How do you benchmark yourself?
How do you use your wisdom today?

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