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To be wise and love exceeds man's might. William Shakespeare

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Wisdom overcomes fortune. Juvenal

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True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates

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Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability. Plautus

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Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. Immanuel Kant

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Time ripens all things; no man is born wise. Miguel de Cervantes

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The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid. Marcus Aurelius

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Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? T. S. Eliot

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There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. Friedrich Nietzsche

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The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite. Arthur Schopenhauer

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Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know -- and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. It is better to know -- even if the knowledge endures only for the moment that comes before destruction -- than to gain eternal life at the price of a dull and swinish lack of comprehension of a universe that swirls unseen before us in all its wonder. That was the choice of Achilles, and it is mine, too. Isaac Asimov

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Haste breeds error; error breeds woe. Janet Morris

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Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it. Hermann Hesse

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A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus

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Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. Bertolt Brecht

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Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise. Cato the Elder

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Among mortals second thoughts are wisest. Euripides

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The wisest have the most authority. Plato

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Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. Plato

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"Learn what can, and cannot, be asked from destiny.” Janet Morris

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A wise one determines his own fate. Janet Morris

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"As Seth's apprentice, I've learned wisom of which you've never dreamed." Janet Morris

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Wisdom, Niko thought as he leaned his cheek against his long-handled rake, cannot be had without price. And that price is blood. The sound of it in your veins. The pound of it in your head. The volume of it in a human body; the sickness when you’ve spilled it. Janet Morris

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Wisdom, Niko thought as he leaned his cheek against his long-handled rake, cannot be had without price. Janet Morris

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So wise so young, they say, do never live long. William Shakespeare

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The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them. George Bernard Shaw

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It is upon each soul to recognize its limit. Janet Morris

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“Something is going on everywhere, most of which no one understands.” Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone. Napoleon Bonaparte

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Life is a festival only to the wise. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. Phaedrus

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As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds. Gautama Buddha

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"Learn when to fear, and how to fear, and how much to fear, before you squander all you have left." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise. Voltaire

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Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be.

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A nation's treasure is its scholars.

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Nothing he knew of, enunciated life like death. Janet Morris

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"Let fools believe what fools believe." Janet Morris

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“Makes you wonder if the gods are always right.” Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain. Robert E. Lee

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It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one. François de La Rochefoucauld

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Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. Charles Spurgeon

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Committing a great truth to memory is admirable; committing it to life is wisdom.

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It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves. François de La Rochefoucauld

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More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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He alone is wise who can accommodate himself to all contingencies of life; but the fool contends, and struggling, like a swimmer, against the stream.

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Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius

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

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The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper. Friedrich Nietzsche