WISDOM QUOTES X

quotations about wisdom

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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He who understands the wise is wise already.

GEORG CHRISTOPH LICHTENBERG, "Notebook E", Aphorisms

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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 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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True wisdom is less presuming than folly; the wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.

ROBERT DODSLEY, The Economy of Life

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It is wisdom to think upon anything before we execute it.

PLAUTUS, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Wisdom is the olive that springeth from a heart, bloometh on the tongue, and beareth fruit in the actions.

GRYMESTONE, attributed, Day's Collacon

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'Tis held that sorrow makes us wise.

ALFRED TENNYSON, "In Memoriam A. H. H."

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Full oft we see
Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, All's Well That Ends Well

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