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WISDOM
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[ Also see Common Sense Discernment Discretion Education Experience Faith Folly Forethought Good Sense Ignorance Intellect Intelligence Judgment Knowledge Learning Mind Monomania Pedantry Policy Prudence Reason Self-knowledge Sense Thought Truth Understanding Virtue Wit ]

Ripe in wisdom was he, but patient, and simple, and childlike.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline
         (pt. I, III, l. 11)

If you young fellows were wise, the devil couldn't do anything to you, but since you aren't wise, you need us who are old.
      - Martin Luther

No gown worse becomes a woman than the desire to be wise.
      - Martin Luther

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
      - Naguib Mahfouz

That man strangely mistakes the manner of spirit he is of who knows not that peaceableness, and gentleness, and mercy, as well as purity, are inseparable characteristics of the wisdom that is from above; and that Christian charity ought never to be sacrificed even for the promotion of evangelical truth.
      - Richard Mant

Whoever is not too wise is wise.
  [Lat., Quisquis plus justo non sapit, ille sapit.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrammata (XIV, 10, 2)

Talk not to me of the wisdom of women,--I know my own sex well; the wisest of us all are but little less foolish than the rest.
      - Mary, Queen of Scots

Be wise;
  Soar not too high to fall; but stoop to rise.
      - Philip Massinger, Duke of Milan
         (act I, sc. 2, l. 45)

A little too wise they say do ne'er live long.
      - Thomas Middleton, The Phenix
         (act I, sc. 1)

Though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps
  At wisdom's gate, and to simplicity
    Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill
      Where no ill seems.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 686)

But to know
  That which before us lies in daily life,
    Is the prime wisdom.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VIII, l. 192)

Socrates . . .
  Whom, well inspir'd, the oracle pronounc'd
    Wisest of men.
      - John Milton, Paradise Regained
         (bk. IV, l. 274)

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

A man must become wise at his own expense.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

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.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
  [Fr., Il est bon de frotter et limer notre cervelle contre celle d'autrui.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. I, ch. XXIV)

The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness: her state is like that of things in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. I, ch. XXV)

A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.
  [Fr., Le sage vit tant qu'il doibt, non pas tant qu'il peut.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. II, ch. III)

He who has once been very foolish will at no other time be very wise.
  [Fr., Qui aura este une fois bien fol ne sera nulle aultre fois bien sage.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. III, ch. VI)

Wisdom views with an indifferent eye all finite joys, all blessings born to die.
      - Hannah More

For knowledge to become wisdom, and for the soul to grow, the soul must be rooted in God: and it is through prayer that there comes to us that which is the strength of our strength, and the virtue of our virtue, the Holy Spirit.
      - William Mountford (1)

Wisdom is everlasting; early or late we apprehend her still the same.
      - Frederic William Henry Myers

The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Seven wise men on an old black settle,
  Seven wise men of the Mermaid Inn,
    Ringing blades of the one right metal,
      What is the best that a blade can win?
      - Alfred Noyes, Tales of The Mermaid Tavern
         (II)


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