Thus he became at last the most hardy of living men skilled in their crafts and lore and was yet more than they for he was Elvenwise and there was a light in his eyes that when they were kindled few could endure [LotR Appendix p1035

His Elvish up-bringing gave him a wisdom and self-knowledge that rooted him in the truth; the truth that the Ring was all-together evil. No man could totally resist it in his own strength.

In the Quest, Aragorn is a little unsure in his decisions, especially after Gandalf 'dies' which displays his healthy self-knowledge, [i.e. he recognizes he doesn't know everything]. But he uses the many skills he has and listens to his friends. Then, at need and when the time is right, Aragorn takes up the mantle of royalty, as is shown when he looks into Palantir. He sees his course, takes action with all his strength and true valour, but remains humble.

Faramir, like Aragorn, understands the need for good self-knowledge, and hence this leads him to wisdom;

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