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Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion. 
~ Friedrich Nietzsche 

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise. 
~ Joan Rivers 

Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek. 
~ Dan Rather 

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. 
~ Elbert Hubbard 

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action. 
~ Thomas B. Macaulay 

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. 
~ Publilius Syrus 

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. 
~ Archimedes 

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it. 
~ Henry Ward Beecher 

He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom. 
~ James Huneker 

He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty. 
~ Mary Wilson Little 

He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass. 
~ Edgar R. Fiedler 

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. 
~ Thomas Jefferson 

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread. 
~ Josh Billings 

I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done. 
~ Lucille Ball 

If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe. 
~ Lord Salisbury 

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. 
~ Nelson Mandela 

If you want to be found stand where the seeker seeks. 
~ Sidney Lanier 

If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. 
~ Michael Jordan 

Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago. 
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. 
~ John Muir

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it - thou art a fool. 
~ Lord Chesterfield 

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. 
~ Henry David Thoreau 

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. 
~ John Steinbeck 

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own. 
~ William Ralph Inge 

It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone. 
~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld 

It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance. 
~ Harold S. Geneen 

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. 
~ Epictetus 

It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary. 
~ Richard Whately 

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. 
~ Walter Lippmann 

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. 
~ Henry David Thoreau 

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. 
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson 

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe. 
~ Josh Billings 

Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken. 
~ David Herbert Lawrence 

Memory is the mother of all wisdom. 
~ Aeschylus 

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. 
~ Juvenal