Quotations : Proverbs and Folk Wisdom : Wisdom Quotes

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 (1918 – 1999)
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626)
Consider the little mouse, how sagacious Animal it is which never entrusts its life to one hole only.
Plautus (254? – 184 BC)
If one is too lazy to think, too vain to do a thing badly, too cowardly to admit it, one will never attain wisdom.
Cyril Connolly (1903 – 1974)
In youth and beauty wisdom is but rare!
Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)

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Knowledge is proud that he has learn’d so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
William Cowper (1731 – 1800)
You beat your pate, and fancy wit will come;
Knock as you please, there’s nobody at home.
Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)
Whereof one cannot speak, thereon one must remain silent.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951)
We are wiser than we know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)
‘Twere more than woman to be wise;
‘Twere more than man to wish thee so!
Thomas Moore (1779 – 1852)
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
George Santayana (1863 – 1952)
The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
H. L. Mencken (1880 – 1956)
The man who in himself can read,
That man, I say, is wise indeed.
Freidank (lived early 13th century)
The highest wisdom has but one science—the science of the whole—the science explaining the whole creation and man’s place in it.
Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910)
The fox knows many things, the hedgehog knows one big thing.
Attributed to Archilochus of Paros Archilochus (680? BC – 640? BC)
A sadder and a wiser man,
He rose the morrow morn.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge   (1772 – 1834)

It is a point of wisdom to be silent when occasion requires, and better than to speak, though never so well.

Plutarch (46? – 120?)

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