Knowledge vs. Wisdom

“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” - T. S. Eliot. Knowledge is gathered from learning and education while most say that wisdom is gathered from day to day experiences and is a state of being wise. Knowledge is merely having clarity of facts and truths while wisdom is the practical ability to make consistently good decisions in life.

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Meaning 'Knowledge' is information of which someone is aware. Knowledge is also used to mean the confident understanding of a subject, potentially with the ability to use it for a specific purpose. 'Wisdom' is the ability to make correct judgments and decisions. It is an intangible quality gained through our experiences in life.
Time Allows for change in response to new information or analyses. Seeks to always improve. Timeless. Wisdom is "Who we are" vs. "What we do" Wisdom governs choice, pursuit of knowledge, communication and relationships.
Source Learning, education, science, reflection, reasoned and logical thought. Self. Intuition. Our personal experience. Wisdom defines and refines our character. "Character is simply who we are and is the persona and identity of everything we do."

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Knowledge is defined as

  1. acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition
  2. familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject. 
  3. acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report. 
  4. the fact or state of knowing; the perception of fact or truth; clear and certain mental apprehension.

Wisdom is defined as

  1. the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.
  2. scholarly knowledge or learning.
  3. wise sayings or teachings; precepts.
  4. a wise act or saying.

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Wisdom is unchangeable. If a man is wise, he will exercise good judgment throughout his life while knowledge is an ever growing process. One may gain knowledge over time or even lose it when things are forgotten. Wisdom is presumably not lost once acquired.

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Since wisdom is a lifelong experience, it may also be enhanced through knowledge. Wisdom is also the common sense to apply knowledge. Some theories also suggest that while knowledge is gained from the outside world, wisdom comes from the divine and inner self. They are both related and cannot be applied without each other.

edit Application

Knowledge is the awareness of the right facts and figures and applying for use in everyday life. It may or may not be the right use. For example, dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan during World War II was an application of knowledge.

Wisdom is the understanding of facts couple with common sense and good judgment. The word has positive connotations which means it is used only for the right cause.

A simple example is that: Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit while Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad

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May 23, 2014, 11:51am

Know-How.Know -How to Apply.

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February 25, 2014, 11:48am

so first up for me is knowledge and lets see about the rest later. Good One.How to make fire? KnowledgeWhat to do with fire? WisdomHope you will get to know how to make fire and most iltorpantmy, how to use it wise.

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November 16, 2010, 11:54am

..the information above help me alot about my assignment in philosophy..

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May 14, 2014, 9:39pm

i wanted to undarstand pro 24:3-5"by wisdom a house is built by undarstanding it a house is established,but by knowledge the house is filled with precious items.......... ".
Thanks the explanation above was of greate help

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December 16, 2013, 10:28am

Knowledge is knowing things or facts.
Wisdom is putting these facts to proper use, using mere common sense.

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April 16, 2013, 12:17pm

by knowing 3+3=6 knowledge ll increase,,but by telling 3+3=5 wisdom wont decrease..wisdom understands the wisdom and also understands the foolish

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October 26, 2011, 6:25pm

I was seeking knowledge and left site with a greater wisdom.

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October 21, 2011, 2:59am

thnaks helped with my oedipus essay

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December 3, 2009, 11:12am

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December 11, 2013, 6:27pm

To know is to understand to be wise is to have motivation to be powerful is another equation. The question is whether one is willing to learn and insightfully listen, on the other hand, power dominates ego whilst wisdom feeds the soul. Yet today's pig is tomorrow's bacon.

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