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To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We judge of man's wisdom by his hope.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom is infused into every form.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom is like electricity. There is no permanently wise man, but men capable of wisdom, who, being put into certain company, or other favorable conditions, become wise for a short time, as glasses rubbed acquire electric power for a while.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

He whose wisdom cannot help him, gets no good from being wise.
      - Quintus Ennius

The wise man is wise in vain who cannot be wise to his own advantage.
  [Lat., Nequicquam sapere sapientem, qui ipse sibi prodesse non quiret.]
      - Quintus Ennius I,
        quoted by Cicero "De Officii", 3, 15

The wise man must be wise before, not after, the event.
      - Epicharmus

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
      - Epictetus

He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God.
      - Epictetus

The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
      - Epictetus

These are the signs of a wise man: to reprove nobody, to praise nobody, to blame nobody, nor even to speak of himself or his own merits.
      - Epictetus

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
      - Epicurus

He is wise that is wise to himself.
      - Euripides

Knowledge is the treasure of the mind, but discretion is the key to it, without which it is useless. The practical part of wisdom is the best.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Beyond the sundown is tomorrow's wisdom, today is going to be long, long ago.
      - Thomas Hornsby Ferril

Wisdom is the talent of buying virtuous pleasures at the cheapest rate.
      - Henry Fielding

Wisdom sails with wind and time.
      - John Florio

No one could be so wise as Thurlow looked.
      - Charles James Fox,
        see Campbell's "Lives of the Lord Chancellors", vol. V, p. 661

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
      - Justice Felix Frankfurter

The doors of wisdom are never shut.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

The true greatness and the true happiness of a country consist in wisdom; in that enlarged and comprehensive wisdom which includes education, knowledge, religion, virtue, freedom, with every influence which advances and every institution which supports them.
      - Henry Giles

Wisdom,--a man's best friend.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

Wisdom is only found in truth.
  [Ger., Die Weisheit ist nur in der Wahrheit.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Prosa (III)

Wisdom makes but a slow defence against trouble, though at last a sure one.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield
         (ch. XXI)

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