What is the Difference Between Being 'Clever' and Being 'Wise'? Watch

Poll: Which would you rather have?
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OllyThePhilosopher
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Cleverness is useful, wisdom is not.
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My opinion is that cleverness is academically based, where as wisdom comes down to life experience.

Just a little example:

I am considered relatively clever and have received a good education but I lack any form of common sense. If I was to stumble across some one injured on the street I'd probably end up panicking and not knowing what to do, even though I have the knowledge on how to react. My Gran on the other hand received little/no education but she has more common sense/life experience than anyone that I know, and if she was to come across someone injured in the street she would know exactly what to do and how to react.
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(Original post by OllyThePhilosopher)
Cleverness is useful, wisdom is not.
cleverness will build you the foundation of getting somewhere.. wisdom will actually get you there.
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(Original post by AlanRef)
cleverness will build you the foundation of getting somewhere.. wisdom will actually get you there.
Wisdom will let you reach enlightenment. Cleverness will tell you this is worthless.
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I think that cleverness is inherent, whereas wisdom is learn't. Cleverness implies a quick processing speed, and an ability to grasp concepts- wisdom is about knowing things, rather than about ability.
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Cleverness is knowing theoreticals.
Wisdom is knowing practicalities.

I'm a maths guy, so it goes without saying I'd much rather be clever.
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Cleverness makes you money! wisdom doesnt, therefore being clever is better right?

would you rather be a tramp with a lot of wisdom or be a super rich guy that is clever?
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(Original post by Laevis)
Wise people are old.

You can't be young and wise :rolleyes: I thought everyone knew that
Have you never heard of 'enfante terrible' or the phrase 'being wise beyond your years'?
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Wisdom is the ability and habit of applying whatever cleverness you have in a useful way...

..and it allows one to feel smug when giving succinct definitions to complex concepts.
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(Original post by OllyThePhilosopher)
Cleverness is useful, wisdom is not.
But if you don't learn from your mistakes (wisdom) then how does an individual make progress?
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(Original post by royale_sufi)
Cleverness makes you money! wisdom doesnt, therefore being clever is better right?

would you rather be a tramp with a lot of wisdom or be a super rich guy that is clever?
But being wise allows people to willingly come to you for advice, being clever doesn't necessarily mean people will want to listen to you.
Cleverness without wit, is like wisdom without experience. Or at least something like that....

ff-topic:
And another thing, can someone be considered a 'genius' without some form of scientific know how? How come there are always 'literary geniuses', 'musical geniuses' and 'business geniuses', but never 'scientific geniuses'? :confused: Da Vinci was a 'genius' but Beethoven was a 'musical genius'? Doesn't being good with music mean you have to have mathmatical/scientific knowledge?
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(Original post by OllyThePhilosopher)
Wisdom will let you reach enlightenment. Cleverness will tell you this is worthless.
being too clever will kill you.. not having enough wisdom will also kill you
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(Original post by AlanRef)
being too clever will kill you.. not having enough wisdom will also kill you
Wisdom will tell you death is inevitable. Cleverness will delude you to immortality.
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(Original post by OllyThePhilosopher)
Wisdom will tell you death is inevitable. Cleverness will delude you to immortality.
:eek: Death is inevitable?!?! I refuse to believe so! im NOT going to die EVER
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(Original post by royale_sufi)
:eek: Death is inevitable?!?! I refuse to believe so! im NOT going to die EVER
Clever.
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Cleverness is the ability to acquire understanding and knowledge.

Wisdom is the ability to dispose of that understanding and knowledge judiciously.
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(Original post by OllyThePhilosopher)
Clever.
someone clever may say the statement you quoted on, but someone wise will not..

we can see who is correct.
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I clicked that I'd rather be Wise.

I think that being clever is knowing the answers to things, eg Book clever/academic.

Being wise is knowing how to act in situations, what actions mean, being "worldly". Not sure how to describe it.
I agree with Bright Eyes, saying that being wise learns from your mistakes.

And I totally disagree about age. Some young people can be extremely wise.

Edit: I consulted the dictionary XD

wisdom n. The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight. Common sense; good judgment:

clever adj. , -erer , -erest . Mentally quick and original; bright. Nimble with the hands or body; dexterous.
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Being clever is knowing that a Tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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I would say being clever is about being booksmart, whereas being wise is being knowledgeable and experienced with regards to life.
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