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And the load commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
- Bible, Luke (ch. XVI, v. 8)
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
- Bible, Matthew (ch. X, v. 16)
The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
- Bible, Matthew (ch. XI, v. 19)
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. I, v. 20-22)
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. III, v. 13-18)
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. IV, v. 7)
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared with it.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. VIII, v. 11)
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. X, v. 23)
Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVII, v. 24)
For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
- Bible, Romans (ch. XVI, v. 19)
For old age is not honored for length of time,
or measured by number of years;
but understanding is gray hair for anyone,
and a blameless life is ripe old age.
- Bible, Wisdom of Solomon (Apocrypha)
(ch. IV, v. 8-9)
The whole of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
- William Blake
The wisest man is generally he who thinks himself the least so.
- Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux
Wisdom no more consists in science than happiness in wealth.
- Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers
A wise man is out of the reach of fortune.
- Sir Thomas Browne, Religion Medici,
quoted as "That insolent paradox"
Thank God, men that art greatly guilty are never wise.
- Edmund Burke
But these are foolish things to all the wise,
And I love wisdom more than she loves me;
My tendency is to philosophise
On most things, from a tyrant to a tree;
But still the spouseless virgin Knowledge flies,
What are we? and whence come we? what shall be
Our ultimate existence? What's our present?
Are questions answerless, and yet incessant.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Don Juan (canto VI, st. 63)
Great is wisdom; infinite is the value of wisdom. It cannot be exaggerated; it is the highest achievement of man.
- Thomas Carlyle
The wise man is but a clever infant, spelling letters from a hieroglyphical prophetic book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity.
- Thomas Carlyle
Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
- Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor),
in Plutarch's "Life of Cato"
We ought not to judge of men's merits by their qualifications, but by the use they make of them.
- Pierre Charron
Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.
- 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope
Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.
- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3)
Wisdom is the only thing which can relieve us from the sway of the passions and the fear of danger, and which can teach us to bear the injuries of fortune itself with moderation, and which shows us all the ways which lead to tranquillity and peace.
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)
Common sense is an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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