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Solomon. A wise son
maketh a glad father: but a
foolish son is the heaviness of
his mother.

Proverbs 10:1, King James Version
Holy Bible

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Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.
Magdalena Abakanowicz

The more you meditate on the laws of Moses, the more striking and brighter does their wisdom appear.
John Quincy Adams

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Woody Allen

A wise old owl lived in an oak.
The more he saw the less he spoke.
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird.


When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

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Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.
Samuel Butler (Author)

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Who reads much and walks much sees much and knows much.

Wisdom comes with talking less frivolously and listening more seriously. The latter implies a learning attitude; the former assumes an air of omniscience that does not exist.
S. K. Chakraborty

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
Charles Colton

It is only the very wisest and the very stupidest who cannot change.

Knowledge dwells in heads replete with thoughts of other men; wisdom in minds attentive to their own.
William Cowper

Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
William Cowper

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
E. E. Cummings

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Where two discourse, if the one's anger rise,
The man who lets the contest fall is wise.


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All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Oh, if only it were possible to find understanding, Joseph exclaimed. If only there were a dogma to believe in. Everything is contradictory, everything tangential; there are no certainties anywhere. Everything can be interpreted one way and then again interpreted in the opposite sense. The whole of world history can be explained as development and progress and can also be seen as nothing but decadence and meaninglessness. Isn't there any truth? Is there no real and valid doctrine?

The master had never heard him speak so fervently. He walked on in silence for a little, then said: There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught. Be prepared for conflicts, Joseph Knecht - I can see that they already have begun.
The Glass Bead Game
Hermann Hesse

Success is power; because it maketh reputation of wisdom, or good fortune; which makes men either fear him or rely on him.
Thomas Hobbes

In youth and beauty, wisdom is but rare!

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
David Hume

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The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that operates with perfect equality.
Andrew Jackson

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
William James

Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.
Samuel Johnson

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
Ben Jonson

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No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
Helen Keller

We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.
Helen Keller

A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.
Thomas à Kempis

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Age is other things too. It is wisdom, if one has lived one's life properly. It is experience and knowledge. And it is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over.
Miriam Makeba

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
W. Somerset Maugham

From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.
W. Somerset Maugham

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
H. L. Mencken

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Experience! Wise men do not need it.
Experience! Idiots do not heed it.

Ogden Nash

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Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
Charlie Parker

Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.
Octavio Paz

The common wisdom is that ... managers have to learn to motivate people. Nonsense. Employees bring their own motivation.
Tom Peters

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.

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A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.
John Russell

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It is a wise father that knows his own child.
The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare

Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has; but I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.
Twelfth Night
William Shakespeare

Then, must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.

William Shakespeare

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
George Bernard Shaw

I would say that hardware is the bone of the head, the skull. The semiconductor is the brain within the head. The software is the wisdom and data is the knowledge.
Masayoshi Son

The prevailing wisdom is that markets are always right. I take the opposite position. I assume that markets are always wrong.
George Soros

Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.
Clifford Stoll

A wise man will be the master of his mind. A fool will be it's slave.
Publilius Syrus

Delay is hateful, but it gives wisdom.
Publilius Syrus

Even a god finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time.
Publilius Syrus

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.
Publilius Syrus

He is truly wise who gains wisdom from another's mishap.
Publilius Syrus

He who yields to his times acts wisely.
Publilius Syrus

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
Publilius Syrus

The gods never let us love and be wise at the same time.
Publilius Syrus

The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it.
Publilius Syrus

There is a great difference between being born wise and only looking it.
Publilius Syrus

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
Thomas Szasz

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Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all. He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it - namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. If he had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
Mark Twain

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
Mark Twain

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
Lao Tzu

Wise men don't need to prove their point; men who need to prove their point aren't wise.
Lao Tzu

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Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency.
John Updike

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Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority.
William Arthur Ward

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
Alfred North Whitehead

It is never wise to try to appear to be more clever than you are. It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so.
William Whitelaw

In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.
Oscar Wilde

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Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
Lin Yutang

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