Quotes: Calvin Coolidge

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Knowledge comes first, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heart of experience and maturity.

From Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge opened this thought with a piece of work by Alfred Lord Tennyson: “knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.”

I like this quote heading the chapter on the work by the NTSB. They gather so much information – knowledge comes in their work.

But wisdom?

Wisdom takes much longer, and it doesn’t come from the NTSB. There was some, certainly, in the words of Rick Downs, when he revealed to me that “sometimes bad things just happen.”

Perhaps it took me 17 years to find some wisdom, and maybe I only found it in the writing and telling of this story.


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