Wisdom, sapience, or sagacity is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. Wisdom is associated with attributes such as unbiased judgment, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, self-transcendence and non-attachment, and virtues such as ethics and benevolence.


Wisdom is the combination of experience, knowledge and careful judgment. If you’ve got it, you’re “wise.” If you haven’t, well don’t worry, most of us don’t either.

What is Wisdom?

Religious perspectives

Ancient Near East

Hellenistic religion and Gnosticism

Wisdom in Christian theology

Wisdom in Islam

Hebrew Bible and Judaism

Wisdom in Buddhism

Wisdom in Hinduism

Directory Away Wisdom Education Experience

WISDOM: The Highest Aim of Life and Higher Education

Chinese religions

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Native American Legends

Native American Legends The indigenous peoples of the Americas comprise numerous different cultures. Each has its own mythologies. Some are quite distinct, but certain themes are shared across the cultural boundaries. Most Native American tribes have a long tradition of telling stories about their history and beliefs. These stories and legends weren’t written...

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