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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Wisdom
 
Affectation of wisdom often prevents us from becoming wise.  1
A flow of words is no proof of wisdom.  2
An ounce of luck is worth a pound of wisdom.  French.  3
An ounce of wisdom is worth a pound of wit.  4
By wisdom wealth is won,
But riches purchased wisdom yet for none.  Bayard Taylor.
  5
Both folly and wisdom come upon us with years.  6
He is oft the wisest man who is not wise at all.  Wordsworth.  7
He is well onward in the way of wisdom, who can bear a reproof and mend by it.  8
In youth and beauty wisdom is but rare.  Homer.  9
It is a great point of wisdom to find out one’s own folly.  10
It is a mark of wisdom to dislike folly.  11
It is best to learn wisdom by the experience of others.  Latin.  12
It is fortune, not wisdom, that rules man’s life.  Cicero.  13
Learn wisdom by the folly of others.  Italian.  14
Man’s chief wisdom consists in knowing his follies.  Rochefoucauld.  15
Many appear wise who are fools in folio.  German.  16
My son, thou knowest not how little wisdom goeth to the management of the world.  The Painter Rubens.  17
Of money, wit and wisdom, believe one fourth of what you hear.  18
No man is blest by accident or guess,
True wisdom is the price of happiness.  Young.
  19
That is good wisdom which is wisdom in the end.  Dutch.  20
The greatest wisdom in man consists in knowing his follies.  French.  21
The next thing to having wisdom ourselves is to profit by that of others.  22
The only jewel which you can carry beyond the grave is wisdom.  Langford.  23
’Tis altogether vain to learn wisdom and yet live foolishly.  24
’Tis wisdom sometimes to seem a fool.  25
Too much wisdom is folly.  German.  26
Well goes the case where wisdom counsels.  27
What is not wisdom is danger.  28
When passion entereth at the foregate, wisdom goeth out at the postern.  29
When wisdom fails luck helps.  Danish.  30
When one is wise two are happy.  31
Wisdom adorns riches and shadows poverty.  Socrates.  32
Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile.  Shakespeare.  33
Wisdom and honor are the avenues to a happy immortality.  Plato.  34
Wisdom asks fruits but folly flowers.  35
Wisdom at proper times will forget.  Horace.  36
Wisdom don’t always speak in Greek and Latin.  37
Wisdom goes not always by years.  38
Wisdom in a poor man is a diamond set in lead.  39
Wisdom in the mind is better than money in the hand.  Sri Lankan.  40
Wisdom is a good purchase though we pay dear for it.  41
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more,
Knowledge is proud that he knows so much.  Cowper.
  42
Wisdom is more to be envied than riches.  43
Wisdom is better than gold or silver.  German.  44
Wisdom is neither inheritance nor legacy.  45
Wisdom is only in truth.  Goethe.  46
Wisdom is overshadowed by wine.  Pliny the Elder.  47
Wisdom is the conqueror of fortune.  Juvenal.  48
Wisdom is the least burdensome travelling pack.  Danish.  49
Wisdom is the mother of all arts.  German.  50
 
 
Wisdom is the sunlight of the soul.  German.  51
Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body.  Rochefoucauld.  52
Wisdom never lies.  Homer.  53
Wisdom prefers an unjust peace to a just war.  54
Wisdom provides things necessary not superfluous.  Solon.  55
Wisdom rides on the ruin of folly.  56
Wisdom sometimes walks in clouted shoes.  57
Wisdom was the daughter of Knowledge by Reflection; Wit was the son of Genius by Mirth.  Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.  58
Wisdom without knowledge is mere cozenage.  Ben Jonson.  59
 
 
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