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WISDOM
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The stream from Wisdom's well,
  Which God supplies, is inexhaustible.
      - Bayard Taylor

By Wisdom wealth is won;
  But riches purchased wisdom yet for none.
      - Bayard Taylor, The Wisdom of Ali

"The Prophet's words were true;
  The mouth of Ali is the golden door
    Of Wisdom."
      When his friends to Ali bore
        These words, he smiled and said: "And should they ask
          The same until my dying day, the task
            Were easy; for the stream from Wisdom's well,
              Which God supplies, is inexhaustible."
      - Bayard Taylor, The Wisdom of Ali

It is a little learning, and but a little, which makes men conclude hastily.
      - Jeremy Taylor

The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living which are to be desired when dying.
      - Jeremy Taylor

A man's wisdom is his best friend; folly, his worst enemy.
      - Sir William Temple

'Tis held that sorrow makes us wise.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
         (pt. CVIII)

Nor is he the wisest man who never proved himself a fool.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Locksley Hall Sixty Years After
         (st. 124)

Wisdom consists not in seeing what is directly before us, but in discerning those things which may come to pass.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

True wisdom consists not in seeing what is immediately before our eyes, but in foreseeing what is to come.
  [Lat., Isthuc est sapere non quod ante pedes modo est
    Videre sed etiam illa, quae futura sunt
      Prospicere.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Adelphi
         (III, 3, 32)

A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Vain man would trace the mystic maze
  With foolish wisdom, arguing, charge his God,
    His balance hold, and guide his angry rod,
      New-mould the spheres, and mend the skies' design,
        And sound th' immense with his short scanty line.
          Do thou, my soul, the destined period wait,
            When God shall solve the dark decrees of fate,
              His now unequal dispensation clear,
                And make all wise and beautiful appear.
      - Thomas Tickell

He who considers himself a paragon of wisdom is sure to commit some superlatively stupid act.
      - Ludwig Tieck

Wisdom and understanding are synonymous words; they consist of two propositions, which are not distinct in sense, but one and the same thing variously expressed.
      - John Tillotson

Few and precious are the words which the lips of Wisdom utter.
  To what shall their rarity be likened?
    What price shall count their worth?
      Perfect and much to be desired, and giving joy with riches,
        No lovely thing on earth can picture all their beauty.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

True wisdom, laboring to expound, heareth others readily;
  False wisdom, sturdy to deny, closeth up her mind to argument.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Where the eye of pity weep,
  And the sway of passion sleeps,
    Where the lamp of faith is burning,
      And the ray of hope returning,
        Where the "still small voice" within
          Whispers not of wrath or sin,
            Resting with the righteous dead--
              Beaming o'er the drooping head--
                Comforting the lowly mind,
                  Wisdom dwelleth--seek and find.
      - Unknown

He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.
  [Fr., Qui n'est que juste est dur, qui n'est que sage est triste.]
    [More accurately: He who is but just is severe, he who is but wise is sad. Or, more idiomatically: He who is only just is severe, he who is only wise is sad.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Epitre au Roi de Prusse

With wisdom fraught; not such as books, but such as practice taught.
      - Edmund Waller

It may be said, almost without qualification, that the wisdom consists in the ready and accurate perception of analogies. Without the former quality, knowledge of the past is uninstructive; without the latter it is deceptive.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim
  Wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame,
    Obtained with labour, for mankind employed,
      And then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
      - William Whitehead, On Nobility

People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Wisdom, sits alone, topmost in heaven: she is its light, its God; and in the heart of man she sits as high, though groveling minds forget her oftentimes, seeing but this world's idols.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

Wisdom sits alone,
  Topmost in heaven:--she is its light--its God;
    And in the heart of man she sits as high--
      Though grovelling eyes forget her oftentimes,
        Seeing but this world's idols. The pure mind
          Sees her forever: and in youth we come
            Fill'd with her sainted ravishment, and kneel,
              Worshipping God through her sweet altar fires,
                And then is knowledge "good."
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis,
        The Scholar of Thibet--Ben Khorat
         (pt. II, l. 93)

He is oft the wisest man who is not wise at all.
      - William Wordsworth


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