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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 ]

Wise men are more dependent on fools than fools on wise men.
      - John Churton Collins

You read of but one wise man; and all that he knew was--that he knew nothing.
      - William Congreve

Accomplishments have taken virtue's place, and wisdom falls before exterior grace.
      - William Cowper

Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart
  Must hold both sisters, never seen apart.
      - William Cowper, Expostulation (l. 634)

Some people are more nice than wise.
      - William Cowper, Mutual Forbearance

But they whom truth and wisdom lead
  Can gather honey from a weed.
      - William Cowper, Pine-Apple and Bee (l. 35)

It seems the part of wisdom.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. IV, l. 336)

Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much;
  Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. VI, l. 96)

Extremes of fortune are true wisdom's test, and he's of men most wise who bears them best.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1)

The wise are above books.
      - Samuel Daniel

If thou kiss Wisdom's cheek and make her thine, she will breathe into thy lips divinity, and thou, like Phoebus, shalt speak oracle.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker)

The end of wisdom is consultation and deliberation.
      - Demosthenes

All human wisdom, to divine, is folly.
      - Sir John Denham

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages may be preserved by quotation.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Curiosities of Literature--Quotation,
        Quotation

Who are a little wise, the best fools be.
      - Dr. John Donne, The Triple Fool

In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance.
      - Theodore Dreiser

The wisdom of women comes to them by inspiration, their folly by meditation.
      - Alexandre Dumas pere

The wise man is seldom prudent.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.
      - Tryon Edwards

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the life-long attempt to acquire it.
      - Albert Einstein

No man can be wise on an empty stomach.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Man thinks
  Brutes have no wisdom, since they know not his:
    Can we divine their world?
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. II)

Body cannot teach wisdom; God only.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every moment instructs, and every object; for wisdom is infused into every form. It has been poured into us as blood; it convulsed us as pain; it slid into us as pleasure; it enveloped us in dull, melancholy days, or in days of cheerful labor; we did not guess its essence until after long time.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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