Could it be Melville?
Wisdom begins with wonder. -attributed to Socrates
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. - Theodore Isaac Rubin
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom"~Bible (KJV) Proverbs 9: 10)
"Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
~ Bertrand Russell