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We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stovelid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.

What a man knows at fifty that he did not know at twenty is for the most part incommunicable.

What is it to be wise? - 'Tis but to know how little can be known - to see all others' faults and feel our own.

What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away.

When a man is made up wholly of the dove, without the least grain of the serpent in his composition, he becomes ridiculous in many circumstances of life, and very often discredits his best actions

When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange - my youth.

Who is wise?  He that learns from everyone.  Who is powerful?  He that governs his passions.  Who is rich?  He that is content.  Who is that?  Nobody.

Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself.

Wisdom begins at the end.

Wisdom begins in wonder.

Wisdom comes only through suffering.

Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means.

Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.

Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved thing; it is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house some time before it fall; it is the wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger who digged and made room for him; it is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.

Wisdom is a sacred communion.

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.

Wisdom is found only in truth.

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.


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