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  • The price of wisdom is above rubies.
    * Bible -- Job 28:18

  • Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all they getting get understanding.
    * Bible -- Proverbs 4:7

  • Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
    * Bertolt Brecht

  • The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
    * Cicero

  • There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
    * Charles Caleb Colton

  • Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
    * Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves.
    * Thomas Hobbes

  • I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
    * Thomas Jefferson

  • We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.
    * G. C. Lichtenberg

  • It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
    * Walter Lippmann

  • I do know of these
    That therefore only are reputed wise
    For saying nothing.
    * William Shakespeare

  • So wise so young, they say, do never live long.
    * William Shakespeare

  • To be wise and love
    Exceeds man's might: that dwells with the gods above.
    * William Shakespeare

  • Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.
    * Socrates