Wisdom: The Book


It's not about brains.
It's not about the accumulation of knowledge.
It's about being decent.
(Bryce Courtenay)

You can't get to wonderful
without passing through all right.
(Bill Withers)

You cannot control people by fear
because their ultimate essence is constantly craving dignity.
The human being has a need for dignity like water, like air.
(Wole Soyinka)

You don't have to be rich.
You don't have to be an army.
If you find yourself in a situation that needs to be changed,
if you're willing to offer your life for it,
you might actually get something done.
(Bernice Johnson Reagon)

We've got to learn to love something deeply.
Sounds sentimental as hell,
but I think [wisdom is] love.
(Andrew Wyeth)

"Inspired by the idea that wisdom is the greatest gift one generation can give to another, award-winning photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman interviewed, photographed and filmed 50 of the world’s great writers, actors, artists, designers, politicians, musicians and religious and business leaders of our time. He posed seven questions to each of his subjects—all over 65 years of age—and their candid responses offer uniquely inspirational and often surprising insights.

"Thoughts from Nelson Mandela, Frank Gehry, Judi Dench, The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Clint Eastwood, Ted Kennedy, Robert Redford, Vaclav Havel, Terence Conran, Buzz Aldrin, Lou Reed, Willie Nelson, Madeline Albright, Jane Goodall, Burt Bacharach, Andrew Wyeth, Vanessa Redgrave, Nadine Gordimer and many more reveal lifetimes of adversity and triumph, and present intimate insights into very public lives."

Talk about an impulse buy! When my friends at Wisdom House sent me a link to the video trailer promoting it, I watched the thing .5 times before I needed whatever it had to offer. If you have five or so minutes, have a look at the trailer here and enjoy this work of art.


  1. Anonymous6:12 PM

    Wow, that does sound great! I heard Sir. Ken Robinson talk about a book he was working on that's similar. Thanks for sharing this! :)

  2. Anonymous8:24 PM

    Thank you dear Sandy for sharing this meaningful event and video! I have watched it but need to watch again and again in order to better understand and think about every message. Thanks again! :-)

  3. Thanks for sharing this info.

  4. Absolutely fabulous ... thanks for the link :) JP/deb

  5. Very edifying and interesting.
    Thanks for sharing this, Sandy.

  6. Anonymous4:47 AM

    very inspired post.

    i wish to you and your family all the best for the new year

  7. Sounds very interesting... and very enlightening!

    ...although, with your selection, I do take one person to task...

    "You can't get to wonderful without passing through all right." - Bill Withers

    Anyone with kids knows that this isn't necessarily true. Children can do and perform absolutely wonderful things and go from "ho-hum" or even "bad" to spectacular without "passing" anything... The can just bring utter joy to their parents within an instant with the right word or act.

  8. I enjoyed this and this post made me think.Thanks for sharing it.

  9. will check it out. wisdom is an earned blessing from all we experience- negative and positive

  10. Thanks for the link. I'll check out this book.

  11. Inspiring! Love the monkey below too!

  12. Now this is indeed profound. Thanks for sharing the link ...

  13. Aloha, Sandy- Great quotes! Now over to the video clip. Thanks, Dear!

  14. Great insight!

    I left a comment on each blog down thru your award. Nice to be caught up again. I will try to stay up to date now. . . figured out I can only load two photos at a time with new camera and blogger.

    Do you still have snow there?

  15. very inspiring. because the bible itself talks alot about wisdom as well.

  16. I am going to have to try to view this from a Windows machine or a different browser. This seems like something right up my alley!

    Speaking of Clint Eastwood, his latest film, "Gran Torino", is pure inspiration. Amazing piece of art.

    Peace - D


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