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Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children
These are the signs of a wise man: to reprove nobody, to praise nobody, to blame nobody, nor even to speak of himself or his own merits
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has
Wisdom consists in rising superior both to madness and to common sense, and in lending one's self to the universal delusion without becoming its dupe
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us
The tongue of a fool is the key of his counsel, which, in a wise man, wisdom hath in keeping
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I would spend six hours sharpening my ax
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone
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