| To speak as the common people do, to think as wise men do.|
Roger AschamDedication to All the Gentlemen and Yeomen of England.
|A wise man is out of the reach of fortune.|
Sir Thos. BrowneReligio Medici. Quoted as That insolent paradox.
|The wisdom of our ancestors.|
BurkeObservations an a Late Publicatian on the Present State of the Nation. Vol. I. P. 516. Also in the Discussion on the Traitorous Correspondence Bill. (1793). CiceroDe Legibus. II. 2. 3. Lord EldonOn Sir Samuel Romillys Bill. 1815. Sydney SmithPlymleys Letters. Letter V. Bacon said to be first user of the phrase. Ascribed also to Sir William Grant, in Jennings Anecdotal History of Parliament.
|But these are foolish things to all the wise,|
And I love wisdom more than she loves me;
My tendency is to philosophise
On most things, from a tyrant to a tree;
But still the spouseless virgin Knowledge flies,
What are we? and whence come we? what shall be
Our ultimate existence? Whats our present?
Are questions answerless, and yet incessant.
ByronDon Juan. Canto VI. St. 63.
| Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.|
Cato. In Plutarchs Life of Cato.
|Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart|
Must hold both sisters, never seen apart.
CowperExpostulation. L. 634.
|Some people are more nice than wise.|
|But they whom truth and wisdom lead|
Can gather honey from a weed.
CowperPine-Apple and Bee. L. 35.
|It seems the part of wisdom.|
CowperTask. Bk. IV. L. 336.
|Knowledge is proud that he has learnd so much;|
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
CowperTask. Bk. VI. L. 96.
|Who are a little wise the best fools be.|
DonneThe Triple Fool.
|In much wisdom is much grief.|
Ecclesiastes. I. 18.
|The words of the wise are as goads.|
Ecclesiastes. XII. 11.
| Man thinks|
Brutes have no wisdom, since they know not his:
Can we divine their world?
George EliotThe Spanish Gypsy. Bk. II.
| Nequicquam sapere sapientem, qui ipse sibi prodesse non quiret.|
The wise man is wise in vain who cannot be wise to his own advantage.
Ennius. I. Quoted by CiceroDe Officii. 3. 15.
|No one could be so wise as Thurlow looked.|
Charles James Fox. See Campbells Lives of the Lord Chancellors. Vol. V. P. 661; also 551. Said also of Webster.
|Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise.|
Benj. FranklinPoor Richard. (1735).
|Die Weisheit ist nur in der Wahrheit.|
Wisdom is only found in truth.
GoetheSprüche in Prosa. III.
| Wisdom makes but a slow defence against trouble, though at last a sure one.|
GoldsmithVicar of Wakefield. Ch. XXI.
|The heart is wiser than the intellect.|
J. G. HollandKathrina. Pt. II. St. 9.
|Chiefs who no more in bloody fights engage,|
But, wise through time, and narrative with age,
In summer-days like grasshoppers rejoice,
A bloodless race, that send a feeble voice.
HomerIliad. Bk. III. L. 199. Popes trans.
|For never, never, wicked man was wise.|
HomerOdyssey. Bk. II. L. 320. Popes trans.
|In youth and beauty wisdom is but rare!|
HomerOdyssey. Bk. VII. L. 379. Popes trans.
|How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!|
HomerOdyssey. Bk. XIII. L. 375. Popes trans.
|Utiliumque sagax rerum et divina futuri.|
Sagacious in making useful discoveries.
HoraceArs Poetica. 218.
Dare to be wise.
HoraceEpistles. I. 2. 40.
| Quis nam igitur liber? Sapiens qui sibi imperiosus.|
Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself.
HoraceSatires. II. 7. 83.
|He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.|
Job. V. 13.
|Wisdom shall die with you.|
Job. XII. 2.
|The price of wisdom is above rubies.|
Job. XXVIII. 18.
| Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.|
Job. XXXII. 7.
|Great men are not always wise.|
Job. XXXII. 9.
| Away, thou strange justifier of thyself, to be wiser than thou wert, by the event.|
Ben JonsonSilent Woman. Act II. Sc. 2. Wise after the event. Quoted by Sir George Staunton in speech replying to Sir James Grahams resolution condemning the Melbourne ministry, House of Commons, April 7, 1840. HomerIliad. XVII. 32. HesiodWorks and Days. V. 79 and 202. SophoclesAntigone. V. 1270; and 1350. FabiusLiv. XXII. 39. ErasmusEpitome Chiliadum Adagiorum. (Ed. 1528). P. 55; 295.
|Victrix fortunæ sapientia.|
Wisdom is the conqueror of fortune.
JuvenalSatires. XIII. 20.
| Il est plus aisé dêtre sage pour les autres, que pour soi-même.|
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
| Ripe in wisdom was he, but patient, and simple, and childlike.|
LongfellowEvangeline. Pt. I. III. L. 11.
|Quisquis plus justo non sapit, ille sapit.|
Whoever is not too wise is wise.
MartialEpigrammata. XIV. 10. 2.
| Be wise;|
Soar not too high to fall; but stoop to rise.
MassingerDuke of Milan. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 45.
| Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.|
Matthew. X. 16.
|Wisdom is justified of her children.|
Matthew. XI. 19; Luke. VII. 35.
|A little too wise they say do neer live long.|
Thos. MiddletonThe Phenix. Act I. Sc. 1.
|Though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps|
At wisdoms gate, and to simplicity
Resigns her charge, while goodness thinks no ill
Where no ill seems.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. III. L. 686.
| But to know|
That which before us lies in daily life,
Is the prime wisdom.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. VIII. L. 192.
| Socrates * * *|
Whom, well inspird, the oracle pronouncd
Wisest of men.
MiltonParadise Regained. Bk. IV. L. 274.
| Il est bon de frotter et limer notre cervelle centre celle dautrui.|
It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
MontaigneEssays. Bk. I. Ch. XXIV.
| The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness: her state is like that of things in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene.|
MontaigneEssays. Bk. I. Ch. XXV.
| Le sage vit tant quil doibt, non pas tent quil peut.|
A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.
MontaigneEssays. Bk. II. Ch. III.
| Qui aura esté une fois bien fol ne sera nulle aultre fois bien sage.|
He who has once been very foolish will at no other time be very wise.
MontaigneEssays. Bk. III. Ch. VI.
|Seven wise men on an old black settle,|
Seven wise men of the Mermaid Inn,
Ringing blades of the one right metal,
What is the best that a blade can win?
Alfred NoyesTales of The Mermaid Tavern. II.
| Some men never spake a wise word, yet doe wisely; some on the other side doe never a wise deed, and yet speake wisely.|
Sir Thomas OverburyCrumms faln from King James Talk. In Works.
|When swelling buds their odrous foliage shed,|
And gently harden into fruit, the wise
Spare not the little offsprings, if they grow
John PhilipsCider. Bk. I.
|Feliciter sapit qui alieno periculo sapit.|
He gains wisdom in a happy way, who gains it by anothers experience.
PlautusMercator. IV. 7. 40.
|Nemo solus satis sapit.|
No man is wise enough by himself.
PlautusMiles Gloriosus. III. 3. 12.
|Nemo mortalium omnibus horis sapit.|
No one is wise at all times.
Pliny the ElderHistoria Naturalis. VII. 41. 2.
|Tell (for you can) what is it to be wise?|
Tis but to know how little can be known,
To see all others faults, and feel our own.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 260.
| Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the street.|
Proverbs. I. 20.
| Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding.|
Proverbs. IV. 7.
|Wisdom is better than rubies.|
Proverbs. VIII. 11.
|Be wisely worldly, but not worldly wise.|
QuarlesEmblems. Bk. II. Em. 2.
|Ce nest pas être sage|
Dêtre plus sage quil ne le faut.
It is not wise to be wiser than is necessary.
| Afin que ne semblons es Atheniens, qui ne consultoient jamais sinon après le cas faict.|
So that we may not be like the Athenians, who never consulted except after the event done.
RabelaisPantagruel. Ch. XXIV.
|The power is yours, but not the sight;|
You see not upon what you tread;
You have the ages for your guide,
But not the wisdom to be led.
Edwin Arlington RobinsonCassandra.
|Wouldst thou wisely, and with pleasure,|
Pass the days of lifes short measure,
From the slow one counsel take,
But a tool of him neer make;
Neer as friend the swift one know,
Nor the constant one as foe.
SchillerProverbs of Confucius. E. A. Bowrings trans.
| The Italian seemes wise, and is wise; the Spaniard seemes wise, and is a foole; the French seemes a foole, and is wise; and the English seemes a foole and is a foole.|
Quoted as a common proverb by Thos. Scot, in The Highwaies of God and the King. P. 8. (1623).
| Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in lifein a firmness of mind and mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do, as well as to talk; and to make our actions and words all of a color.|
|Nulli sapere casu obtigit.|
No man was ever wise by chance.
SenecaEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. LXXVI.
| Melius in malis sapimus, secunda rectum auferunt.|
We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
SenecaEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. XCIV.
| Full oft we see|
Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.
Alls Well That Ends Well. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 115.
|Wisdom and fortune combating together,|
If that the former dare but what it can,
No chance may shake it.
Antony and Cleopatra. Act III. Sc. 13. L. 79.
| Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.|
King Lear. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 48.
|To that dauntless temper of his mind,|
He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour
To act in safety.
Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 52.
| Well, God give them wisdom that have it; and those that are fools, let them use their talents.|
Twelfth Night. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 14.
|As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.|
Socrates. In PlatoPhaedrus. Sec. CCXXXV.
|A short saying oft contains much wisdom.|
SophoclesAletes. Frag. 99.
| Happy those|
Who in the after-days shall live, when Time
Hath spoken, and the multitude of years
Taught wisdom to mankind!
SoutheyJoan of Arc. Bk. I.
| The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.|
SpurgeonGleanings among the Sheaves. The First Lesson.
| By Wisdom wealth is won;|
But riches purchased wisdom yet for none.
Bayard TaylorThe Wisdom of Ali.
|The Prophets words were true;|
The mouth of Ali is the golden door
When his friends to Ali bore
These words, he smiled and said: And should they ask
The same until my dying day, the task
Were easy; for the stream from Wisdoms well,
Which God supplies, is inexhaustible.
Bayard TaylorThe Wisdom of Ali.
|Tis held that sorrow makes us wise.|
TennysonIn Memoriam. Pt. CVIII.
| Nor is he the wisest man who never proved himself a fool.|
TennysonLocksley Hall Sixty Years After. St. 124.
|Isthuc est sapere non quod ante pedes modo est|
Videre sed etiam illa, quæ futura sunt
True wisdom consists not in seeing what is immediately before our eyes, but in foreseeing what is to come.
TerenceAdelphi. III. 3. 32.
| The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.|
I Timothy. XVI. 8.
|Wisdom alone is true ambitions aim|
Wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame,
Obtained with labour, for mankind employed,
And then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
W. WhiteheadOn Nobility.
| Wisdom sits alone,|
Topmost in heaven:she is its lightits God;
And in the heart of man she sits as high
Though grovelling eyes forget her oftentimes,
Seeing but this worlds idols. The pure mind
Sees her forever: and in youth we come
Filld with her sainted ravishment, and kneel,
Worshipping God through her sweet altar fires,
And then is knowledge good.
N. P. WillisThe Scholar of Thibet. Ben Khorat. Pt. II. L. 93.
| Wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age.|
Wisdom of Solomon. IV. 8.
|Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop|
Than when we soar.
WordsworthThe Excursion. Bk. III. L. 232.
|And he is oft the wisest man|
Who is not wise at all.
WordsworthThe Oak and the Broom.
|On every thorn, delightful wisdom grows,|
In every rill a sweet instruction flows.
YoungLove of Fame. Satire I. L. 249.
|Be wise to-day; tis madness to defer;|
Next day the fatal precedent will plead;
Thus on, till wisdom is pushd out of life.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night I. L. 390.
|Wisdom, though richer than Peruvian mines,|
And sweeter than the sweet ambrosial hive,
What is she, but the means of happiness?
That unobtaind, than folly more a fool.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night II. L. 496.
|The man of wisdom is the man of years.|
YoungNight 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.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night VIII. L. 1,253.
|Teach me my days to number, and apply|
My trembling heart to wisdom.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night IX. L. 1,312.