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In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it - thou art a fool.

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.

It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.

It is too often seen, that the wiser men are about the things of this world, the less wise they are about the things of the next.

It may be said, almost without qualification, that true wisdom consists in the ready and accurate perception of analogies. Without the former quality, knowledge of the past is uninstructive; without the latter, it is deceptive.

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. See quote detail

It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.

It's very hard to know what wisdom is.

Knowledge alone is not enough. It must be leavened with magnanimity before it becomes wisdom.

Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

Knowledge is the parent of love; wisdom, love itself.

Le raison avant la passion - Reason over passion.

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.

Let me be ignorant, and in nothing good, but graciously to know I am no better; thus wisdom wishes to appear most bright when it doth tax itself.

Let my heart be wise. It is the gods' best gift.

Living in an age of extraordinary events and revolutions, I have learned, from thence this truth, which I desire might be communicated to posterity: that all is vanity which is not honest, and that there is no solid wisdom but in real piety.

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.


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