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The Important Psychological Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. ― Confucius

At a first glance, knowledge and wisdom seem like seemingly identical notions and are often used interchangeably.

Upon a closer examination of what these words truly mean, their obvious differences become transparent. Let’s start by taking a look at their definitions:

Knowledge is defined as the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.

Wisdom is defined as the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

Using these definitions alone, it appears that one can have knowledge without wisdom- but not wisdom without knowledge. So, what does all of this mean?

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