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#2062 Ambrose Bierce

Age, with his eyes in the back of his head, thinks it wisdom to see the bogs through which he has floundered. .

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#2726 Winston Churchill

Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years. She embodied the natural goodness and valour of the human race in unexampled perfection. Unconquerable courage, infinite compassion, the virtue of the simple, the wisdom of the just, shone forth in her. She glorifies as she freed the soil from which she sprang. .

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#2804 Napoleon I of France

It is only by prudence, wisdom, and dexterity, that great ends are attained and obstacles overcome. Without these qualities nothing succeeds. .

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#3229 A Tale of Two Cities

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. .

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#3485 George Bernard Shaw

I am justified. For I choseand theofand ; and now there is no evil; and wisdom and good are one. It is enough. .

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#3501 George Bernard Shaw

The kingdom of God is striving to come. The empire that looks back in terror shall give way to the kingdom that looks forward with hope. Terror drives men mad: hope and faith give them divine wisdom. The men whom you fill with fear will stick at no evil and perish in their sin: the men whom I fill with faith shall inherit the earth. I say to you Cast out fear. Speak no more vain things to me about the greatness of Rome. ... You, standing for Rome, are the universal coward: I, standing for the kingdom of God, have braved everything, lost everything, and won an eternal crown. .

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#3686 Woody Allen

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. .

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#3749 Aristotle

For some identify happiness with virtue, some with practical wisdom, others with a kind of philosophic wisdom, others with these, or one of these, accompanied by pleasure or not without pleasure; while others include also external prosperity. Now ... it is not probable that these should be entirely mistaken, but rather that they should be right in at least some one respect or even in most respects. .

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#3863 Francis Bacon

For man seeketh in society comfort, use, and protection: and they be three wisdoms of divers natures, which do often sever: wisdom of the behaviour, wisdom of business, and wisdom of state. .

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#4013 Francis Bacon

There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic. A man's own observation, what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of, is the best physic to preserve health. .

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#4330 Cicero

Can you also, Lucullus, affirm that there is any power united with wisdom and prudence which has made, or, to use your own expression, manufactured man? What sort of a manufacture is that? Where is it exercised? when? why? how? .

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#4493 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Nature never wears a mean appearance. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection. Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit. The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of his childhood. .

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#4508 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of course, he who has put forth his total strength in fit actions, has the richest return of wisdom. .

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#4600 Ralph Waldo Emerson

One man's justice is another's injustice; one man's beauty another's ugliness; one man's wisdom another's folly. .

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#4615 Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is a golden impossibility. The line he must walk is a hair's breadth. The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool. .

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#4759 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Consider what you have in the smallest chosen library. A company of the wisest and wittiest men that could be picked out of all civil countries, in a thousand years, have set in best order the results of their learning and wisdom. The men themselves were hid and inaccessible, solitary, impatient of interruption, fenced by etiquette; but the thought which they did not uncover to their bosom friend is here written out in transparent words to us, the strangers of another age. .

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#4832 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Raphael paints wisdom, Handel sings it, Phidias carves it, Shakespeare writes it, Wren builds it, Columbus sails it, Luther preaches it, Washington arms it, Watt mechanizes it. .

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#4840 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool. .

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#4962 Dwight D. Eisenhower

The free world knows, out of the bitter wisdom of experience, that vigilance and sacrifice are the price of liberty. .

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#6152 Clarence Darrow

Even Voltaire's father could not make a lawyer out of a genius. To be a good lawyer, one must have a mind and a disposition to venerate the past; a respect for precedents; a belief in the wisdom and the sanctity of the dead. Voltaire had genius, imagination, feeling, and poetry, and these gifts always have been, and always will be, incompatible with the practice of law. .

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#6178 Clarence Darrow

The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the death of wisdom. Skepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation, and investigation is the beginning of wisdom. .

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#6182 Clarence Darrow

I have always felt that doubt was the beginning of wisdom, and the fear of God was the end of wisdom. .

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#6270 Henry David Thoreau

— No definition of poetry is adequate unless it be poetry itself. The most accurate analysis by the rarest wisdom is yet insufficient, and the poet will instantly prove it false by setting aside its requisitions. It is indeed all that we do not know. The poet does not need to see how meadows are something else than earth, grass, and water, but how they are thus much. He does not need discover that potato blows are as beautiful as violets, as the farmer thinks, but only how good potato blows are. The poem is drawn out from under the feet of the poet, his whole weight has rested on this ground. It has a logic more severe than the 's. You might as well think to go in pursuit of the , and embrace it on the next hill, as to embrace the whole of poetry even in . .

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#6333 Henry David Thoreau

For eighteen hundred years, though perchance I have no right to say it, the New Testament has been written; yet where is the legislator who has wisdom and practical talent enough to avail himself of the light which it sheds on the science of legislation? .

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#6416 Henry David Thoreau

A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom. .

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#6439 Henry David Thoreau

I did not know that mankind were suffering for want of gold. I have seen a little of it. I know that it is very malleable, but not so malleable as wit. A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom. .

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#6501 James A. Michener

Silence, much more powerful than before, much more shot through with theand the accumulated wisdom of history. .

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#6591 Will Rogers

"The Manly Wisdom of Will Rogers", in .

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#6601 William Ellery Channing

There are seasons, in human affairs, of inward and outward revolution, when new depths seem to be broken up in the soul, when new wants are unfolded in multitudes, and a new and undefined good is thirsted for. There are periods when...to dare, is the highest wisdom. .

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#6796 Adlai Stevenson

What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility which will enable America to remain master of her power — to walk with it in serenity and wisdom, with self-respect and the respect of all mankind... .

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#6828 Adlai Stevenson

I believe in the infinite wisdom that envelops and embraces me and from which I take direction, purpose, strength. .

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#7034 Albert Camus

To work and create "for nothing," to sculpture in clay, to know one's creation has no future, to see one's work destroyed in a day while being aware that fundamentally this has no more importance than building for centuries — this is the difficult wisdom that absurd thought sanctions. Performing these two tasks simultaneously, negating on the one hand and magnifying on the other, it the way open to the absurd creator. He must give the void its colors. .

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#7257 Leo Tolstoy

The only thing that we know is that we know nothing — and that is the highest flight of human wisdom. .

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#7653 Harry Emerson Fosdick

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, For the facing of this hour. .

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#7654 Harry Emerson Fosdick

God of grace and God of glory, On Thy people pour Thy power. Crown Thine ancient church’s story, Bring her bud to glorious flower.Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, For the facing of this hour, For the facing of this hour. .

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#7655 Harry Emerson Fosdick

Lo! the hosts of evil ’round us, Scorn Thy , assail His ways.From the fears that long have bound us, Free our hearts to faith and praise. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, For the living of these days, For the living of these days. .

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#7656 Harry Emerson Fosdick

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal, Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal. .

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#7735 Lao Tzu

To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. .

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#7777 Omar Bradley

We have men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the . The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. .

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#8164 H. L. Mencken

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby. .

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#8197 H. L. Mencken

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

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#8639 Samuel Johnson

The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of the public. .

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#8892 Marilyn Monroe

Quotes of Monroe from On Being Blonde : Wit and Wisdom from the World's Most Infamous Blondes (2004) by Paula Munier .

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#10274 Buckminster Fuller

I am convinced that human continuance depends entirely upon: the intuitive wisdom of each and every individual . . . the individual's integrity of speaking and acting only on the individual's own within-self-intuited and reasoned initiative . . . the individual's never joining action with others as motivated only by crowd-engendered-emotionalism, or a sense of the crowd's power to overwhelm, or in fear of holding to the course indicated by one's own intellectual convictions. .

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#10689 Gustave Flaubert

Axiom: hatred of the bourgeois is the beginning of wisdom. But I include in the word bourgeois, the bourgeois in blouses as well the bourgeois in coats. It is we and we alone, that is to say the literary men, who are the people, or to say it better: the tradition of humanity. .

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#11153 Arthur C. Clarke

It is vital to remember that— in the sense of raw data — is not , that knowledge is not , and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step toof these. .

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#11158 Arthur C. Clarke

Theoffers much to , and I would like to think that we will rise to the challenges it presents. But it is vital to remember that information — in the sense of raw data — is not knowledge, that knowledge is not wisdom, and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these. .

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#11576 Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not enough to prove something, one has also to seduce or elevate people to it. That is why the man of knowledge should learn how to speak his wisdom: and often in such a way that it sounds like folly! .

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#12334 Larry Niven

Half of wisdom is learning what to unlearn. .

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#12621 John Stuart Mill

In the case of any person whose judgment is really deserving of confidence, how has it become so? Because he has kept his mind open to criticism of his opinions and conduct. Because it has been his practice to listen to all that could be said against him; to profit by as much of it as was just, and expound to himself, and upon occasion to others, theof what was fallacious. Because he has felt, that the only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject, is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion, and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever acquired his wisdom in any mode but this; nor is it in the nature of human intellect to become wise in any other manner. (pp. 27-28) .

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