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Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.

Deliberate often - decide once.

Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?

Doubt is the origin of wisdom.

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.

Everyone whose deeds are more than his wisdom, his wisdom endures. And everyone whose wisdom is more than his deeds, his wisdom does not endure.

Great men are not always wise.

He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.

He is wise who knows the sources of knowledge - who knows who has written and where it is to be found.

He that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.

He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty.

He who learns the rules of wisdom without conforming to them in his life is like a man who ploughs in his field but does not sow.

Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

Human wisdom is the aggregate of all human experience, constantly accumulating, selecting, and reorganizing its own materials.

Human wisdom makes as ill use of her talent when she exercises it in rescinding from the number and sweetness of those pleasures that are naturally our due, as she employs it favorably and well in artificially disguising and tricking out the ills of life to alleviate the sense of them.

I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.

I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.

If wisdom were conferred with this proviso, that I must keep it to myself and not communicate it to others, I would have none of it.

In an active life is sown the seed of wisdom; but he who reflects not, never reaps; has no harvest from it, but carries the burden of age without the wages of experience; nor knows himself old, but from his infirmities, the parish register, and the contempt of mankind. And age, if it has not esteem, has nothing.

In much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.


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