I don't think this comes under practical wisdom but it is a really interesting book for Italian readers. It is focused on improving your memory, thinking better, etc. I have an engineer friend who said this worked great.
Thank you Liam, this seem very interesting for my activity I think that I'II buy it!
If you do please let me know what you think. I've been looking for an English equivalent (unfortunately I'm not good enough at Italian to read this) but haven't found one yet. Happy reading.
Aristotle, The Ethics and the Politics.
Can you clarify what you mean by practical wisdom?
Thank you also to Nathanael.
Will, I have read this interesting article:
and I'm looking for books of this genre, on the style of Dale Carnegie's manuals.
If you like the aphoristic style, try Marcus Aurelius's Meditations or Lao Tzu's Tao te Ching,
If anyone wants a copy of the Tao Te Ching I have a decent translation as a Word document. If you message me with your email I can send it to you.
I recommend Baltasar Gracian: The Art of Worldly Wisdom. However, The Holy Bible is the best book on wisdom.
Holy Bible would be more of a matter of opinion. There are a lot of teachings in the bible that no longer apply to the world as it is now. Such as the concept of stoning...
I wouldn't deny there are valuable lessons to be learned from it, but its best left to those who follow that specific religion and not taken too literally too often.
I personally look towards biographies and similar books. Choose a person that you would like to learn from and emulate. The best pratical wisdom comes from experience and sometimes you can learn it from the experiences of others.
On an additional note, I personnaly recommend Teddy Roosevelt, he led a rather interesting life and you can learn a lot from his experiences.
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. [1 Timonthy 6:12]
I do not see anything about stoning someone. These concepts still apply today. They applied to our founding fathers as well.
People try so hard to find the answers about wisdom and spend half their lives searching for the answers. But the truth is is the bible.
When Benjamin Franklin gathered up the founding fathers he insisted that they started their debates and discussions with an opening prayer. You should study these men that you admire so much more closely. When you do, you will find out that the source of their "practical wisdom" comes from the word of God. It is not opinion it is fact.