WISDOM QUOTES IX

quotations about wisdom

None of us was born knowing or wise; but men become wise by consideration, observation, experience.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

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Wise sayings often fall on barren ground.

ARTHUR HELPS, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd

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The wisdom of this world is idiotism.

THOMAS DEKKER, Old Fortunatus

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The knowledge and experience which produce wisdom can only become a man's individual possession and property by his own free action; and it is as futile to expect these without laborious, painstaking effort, as it is to hope to gather a harvest where the seed has not been sown.

SAMUEL SMILES, Self-Help

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All wisdom ends in paradox.

JEFFREY EUGENIDES, The Virgin Suicides

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Wisdom always makes men fortunate: for by wisdom no man could ever err, and therefore he must act rightly and succeed, or his wisdom would be wisdom no longer.

PLATO, Euthydemus

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There is no folly like the folly of the wise.

JACQUELINE CAREY, Kushiel's Dart

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The Doors of Wisdom are never shut.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1755

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Wisdom is a palace, of which only the vestibule has yet been entered.

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

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It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.

AESCHYLUS, Prometheus Bound

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What men call knowledge, is the reasoned acceptance of false appearances. Wisdom looks behind the veil and sees.

SRI AUROBINDO, Thoughts and Aphorisms

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He who understands the wise is wise already.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook E", Aphorisms

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Only fools think they're wise; the rest of us just muddle through as we can.

CHARLES DE LINT, "Where Desert Spirits Crowd the Night", The Ivory and the Horn

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When the interests of mankind are at stake, they will obey with joy the man whom they believe to be wiser than themselves.

XENOPHON, Cyropaedia

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It's surprising how much wisdom every man possesses -- if not for his own affairs, then for the affairs of others.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

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The wise man is but a clever infant spelling letters from a hierographical prophetic book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity.

THOMAS CARLYLE, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear

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In much wisdom is much grief.

BIBLE, Ecclesiastes 1:18

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Wisdom makes but a slow defense against trouble, though at last a sure one.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Vicar of Wakefield

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The mouse is wise, but the cat is wiser.

TYCHO BRAHE, attributed, Day's Collacon

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