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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Touchstone at V, i)

Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Fool at I, v)

'Tis much he dares;
  And to that dauntless temper of his mind
    He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor
      To act in safety.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at III, i)

Well, God give them wisdom that have it, and those that are fools, let them use their talents.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Clown at I, v)

A man cannot learn to be wise any more than he can learn to be handsome.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Wisdom deprives even poverty of half its power.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

The glory and increase of wisdom stands in exercising it.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

What doth better become wisdom than to discern what is worthy the living.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Much of the wisdom of one age, is the folly of the next.
      - Charles Simmons (2)

The fool is willing to pay for anything but wisdom. No man buys that of which he supposes himself to have an abundance already.
      - William Gilmore Simms

Wisdom adorns riches, and shadows poverty.
      - Socrates

Wisdom begins in wonder.
      - Socrates

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
      - Socrates in Plato's "Phaedrus", sec. CCXXXV

Though a man be wise it is no shame for him to live and learn.
      - Sophocles

Wisdom is the most important part of happiness.
      - Sophocles

A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
      - Sophocles, Aletes (frag. 99)

Happy those
  Who in the after-days shall live, when Time
    Hath spoken, and the multitude of years
      Taught wisdom to mankind!
      - Robert Southey, Joan of Arc (bk. I)

Wisdom and love do not take up their abode in the same breast.
      - Emile Souvestre

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
        Gleanings among the Sheaves--The First Lesson

Away, thou strange justifier of thyself, to be wiser than thou wert, by the event.
      - quoted by Sir George Staunton,
        in a speech replying to Sir James Graham's resolution condemning the Melbourne ministry, House of Commons

Wisdom may be the ultimate arbiter, but is seldom the immediate agent in human affairs.
      - Sir James Fitzjames Stephen

Human wisdom is the aggregate of all human experience, constantly accumulating and selecting and reorganizing its own materials.
      - Justice Joseph Story

Wisdom is a fox who, after long hunting, will at last cost you the pains to dig out; it is a cheese, which, by how much the richer, has the thicker, the homlier, and the coarser coat; and whereof to a judicious palate, the maggots are best. It is a sack posset, wherein the deeper you go, you'll find it the sweeter. Wisdom is a hen, whose cackling we must value and consider, because it is attended with an egg. But lastly, it is a nut, which, unless you choose with judgment, may cost you a tooth, and pay you with nothing but a worm.
      - Jonathan Swift

He bids fair to grow wise who has discovered that he is not so.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

He is truly wise who gains wisdom from another's mishap.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

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