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I'll tell the names and sayings and the places of their birth,
  Of the seven great ancient sages so renowned on Grecian earth,
    The Lindian Cleobulus said, "The mean was still the best;"
      The Spartan Chilo, "Know thyself," a heaven-born phrase confessed.
        Corinthian Periander taught "Our anger to command,"
          "Too much of nothing," Pittacus, from Mitylenes' strand;
            Athenian Solon this advised, "Look to the end of life,"
              And Bias from Priene showed, "Bad men are the most rife;"
                Milesian Thales urged that "None should e'er a surety be;"
                  Few were their words, but if you look, you'll much in little see.
      - Old Greek Saying

Some men never spake a wise word, yet doe wisely; some on the other side doe never a wise deed, and yet speake wisely.
      - Sir Thomas Overbury,
        Crumms fal'n from King James Talk,
        in "Works"

Look about, my son, and see how little wisdom it takes to govern the world.
      - Count Axel von Oxenstierna (Oxenstjerna or Oxenstiern)

In strictness of language there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom; wisdom always supposing action, and action directed by it.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)

When swelling buds their od'rous foliage shed,
  And gently harden into fruit, the wise
    Spare not the little offsprings, if they grow
      - John Philips, Cider (bk. I)

The god, O men, seems to me to be really wise; and by his oracle to mean this, that the wisdom of this world is foolishness and of none effect.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Wisdom alone is a science of other sciences and of itself.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

He gains wisdom in a happy way, who gains it by another's experience.
  [Lat., Feliciter sapit qui alieno periculo sapit.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Mercator
         (IV, 7, 40)

No man is wise enough by himself.
  [Lat., Nemo solus satis sapit.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Miles Gloriosus (III, 3, 12)

No one is wise at all times.
  [Lat., Nemo mortalium omnibus horis sapit.]
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Historia Naturalis (VII, 41, 2)

Wisdom is neither gold, nor silver, nor fame, nor wealth, nor health, nor strength, nor beauty.
      - Plutarch

We live and learn, but not the wiser grow.
      - John Pomfret

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
      - Alexander Pope

Go, wiser thou! and in thy scale of sense weigh thy opinion against Providence.
      - Alexander Pope

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

Tell (for you can) what is it to be wise?
  'Tis but to know how little can be known,
    To see all other's faults, and feel our own.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 260)

The wisdom of one generation will be folly in the next.
      - Joseph Priestley

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
      - Marcel Proust

The Italian seemes wise, and is wise; the Spaniard seemes wise, and is a foole; the French seems a foole, and is wise; and the English seemes a foole and is a foole.
      - Proverb,
        quoted as a common proverb by Thomas Scott in "The Highwaies of God and the King", p. 8

Wisdom thoroughly learned will never be forgotten.
      - Pythagoras

Be wisely worldly, but not worldly wise.
      - Francis Quarles, Emblems (bk. II, em. 2)

It is not wise to be wiser than is necessary.
  [Fr., Ce n'est pas etre sage
    D'etre plus sage qu'il ne le faut.]
      - Philippe Quinault, Armide

So that we may not be like the Athenians, who never consulted except after the event done.
  [Fr., Afin que ne semblons es Athenians, qui ne consultoient jamais sinon apres le cas faict.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel (ch. XXIV)

Seek wisdom where it may be found. Seek it in the knowledge of God, the holy, the just and the merciful God, as revealed to us in the gospel; of Him who is just, and yet the justifier of them that believe in Jesus.
      - Henry Raikes

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