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Certainly the greatest scholars are not the wisest men.
      - Mathurin Regnier

Some men are counted wise from the cunning manner in which they hide their ignorance. In what little they do know such men play the pedant.
      - A. Ricard

The wisest among us is a fool in some things.
      - Samuel Richardson

The question is, whether, like the Divine Child in the temple, we are turning knowledge into wisdom, and whether, understanding more of the mysteries of life, we are feeling more of its sacred law; and whether, having left behind the priests and the scribes and the doctors and the fathers, we are about our Father's business, and becoming wise to God.
      - Frederick William Robertson

The power is yours, but not the sight;
  You see not upon what you tread;
    You have the ages for your guide,
      But not the wisdom to be led.
      - Edwin Arlington Robinson, Cassandra

A man of virtue, judgment, and prudence speaks not until there is silence.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

He who learns the rules of wisdom, without conforming to them in his life, is like a man who labored in his fields, but did not sow.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

If wisdom was to cease throughout the world, no one would suspect himself of ignorance.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

The sea does not contain all the pearls, the earth does not enclose all the treasures, and the flint-stone does not inclose all the diamonds, since the head of man encloses wisdom.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
      - George Santayana

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
      - George Santayana

Wouldst thou wisely, and with pleasure,
  Pass the days of life's short measure,
    From the slow one counsel take,
      But a tool of him ne'er make;
        Ne'er as friend the swift one know,
          Nor the constant one as foe.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Proverbs of Confucius,
        (Bowring's translation)

To one it is a mighty heavenly goddess, to the other an excellent cow that furnishes him with butter.
  [Ger., Einem ist sie die hohe, die himmlische Gottin, dem andern
    Eine tuchtige Kuh, die ihn mit Butter versorgt.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,

If wisdom were conferred with this proviso, that I must keep it to myself and not communicate it to others, I would have none of it.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Those things on which philosophy has set its seal are beyond the reach of injury; no age will discard them or lessen their force, each succeeding century will add somewhat to the respect in which they are held; for we look upon what is near us with jealous eyes, but we admire what is further off with less prejudice. The wise man's life, therefore, includes much; he is not hedged in by the same limits which confine others; he alone is exempt from the laws by which mankind is governed; all ages serve him like a god. If any time be past he recalls it by his memory, if it be present he uses it, if it be future be anticipates it; his life is a long one because he concentrates all times into it.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Wisdom comes to no one by chance.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life--in a firmness of mind and mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do, as well as to talk; and to make our actions and words all of a color.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Epistles

No man was ever wise by chance.
  [Lat., Nulli sapere casu obtigit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (LXXVI)

We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
  [Lat., Melius in malis sapimus, secunda rectum auferunt.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (XCIV)

Full oft we see cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.
      - William Shakespeare

In idle wishes fools supinely stay;
  Be there a will, then wisdom finds a way.
      - William Shakespeare

Wisdom and fortune combating together,
  If that the former dare but what it can,
    No chance may shake it.
      - William Shakespeare

Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile.
      - William Shakespeare

Yet these fixed evils sit so fit in him
  That they take place when virtue's steely bones
    Looks bleak i' th' cold wind; withal, full oft we see
      Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Helena at I, i)

'Tis your noblest course:
  Wisdom and fortune combating together,
    If that the former dare but what it can,
      No chance may shake it.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Thidias at III, xiii)

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