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WISDOM
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[ Also see Common Sense Discernment Discretion Education Experience Faith Folly Forethought Good Sense Ignorance Intellect Intelligence Judgment Knowledge Learning Mind Monomania Pedantry Policy Prudence Reason Self-knowledge Sense Thought Truth Understanding Virtue Wit ]

Wisdom sits with children round her knees.
      - William Wordsworth

Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop
  Than when we soar.
      - William Wordsworth, The Excursion
         (bk. III, l. 232)

And he is oft the wisest man
  Who is not wise at all.
      - William Wordsworth, The Oak and the Broom

It's not enough plagues, wars, and famine rise to lash our crimes, but must our wives be wise?
      - Edward Young

On very thorn, delightful wisdom grows,
  In every rill a sweet instruction flows.
      - Edward Young

Seize wisdom ere 'tis torment to be wise; that is, seize wisdom ere she seizes thee.
      - Edward Young

The clouds may drop down titles and estates, both may seek us; but wisdom must be sought.
      - Edward Young

The weak have remedies, the wise have joys; superior wisdom is superior bliss.
      - Edward Young

Wisdom is rare, Lorenzo! wit abounds.
      - Edward Young

On every thorn, delightful wisdom grows,
  In every rill a sweet instruction flows.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire I, l. 249)

Be wise with speed;
  A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire II, l. 281)

Teach me my days to number, and apply
  My trembling heart to wisdom.
      - Edward Young, Night Thought
         (night IX, l. 1,312)

Wisdom, though richer than Peruvian mines,
  And sweeter than the sweet ambrosial hive,
    What is she, but the means of happiness?
      That unobtain'd, than folly more a fool.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night II, l. 496)

The man of wisdom is the man of years.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night V, l. 775)

But wisdom, awful wisdom! which inspects,
  Discerns, compares, weighs, separates, infers,
    Seizes the right, and holds it to the last.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night VIII, l. 1,253)

The wise man reads both books and life itself.
      - Lin Yutang


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