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Where the eye of pity weeps,
  And the sway of passion sleeps,
    Where the lamp of faith is burning,
      And the ray of hope returning,
        Where the "still small voice" within
          Whispers not of wrath or sin,
            Resting with the righteous dead--
              Beaming o'er the drooping head--
                Comforting the lowly mind,
                  Wisdom dwelleth--seek and find.
      - Unattributed Author

In the common run of mankind, for one that is wise and good you find ten of a contrary character.
      - Joseph Addison

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.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Wise men, though all laws were abolished, would lead the same lives.
      - Aristophanes

To speak as the common people do, to think as wise men do.
      - Roger Ascham,
        Dedication to All the Gentlemen and Yeomen of England

As whole caravans may light their lamps from one candle without exhausting it, so myriads of tribes may gain wisdom from the great Book without impoverishing it.
      - Rabbi Ben Azai (Aze)

In seeking wisdom then art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it, thou art a fool.
      - Rabbi Ben Azai (Aze)

Socrates was pronounced by the Oracle of Delphos to be the wisest man in Greece, which he would turn from himself ironically, saying there could be nothing in him to verify the oracle, except this, that he was not wise and knew it, and others were not wise and knew it not.
      - Francis Bacon

The wisdom of our ancestors.
      - Francis Bacon,
        (according to Lord Brougham), also attributed to Edmund Burke "Observations on a Late Publication on the Present State of the Nation", vol I, p. 516

There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
      - Francis Bacon

Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved thing; it is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall; it is the wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger who digged and made room for him; it is the wisdom of crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.
      - Francis Bacon

Whoever is wise is apt to suspect and be diffident of himself, and upon that account is willing to "hearken unto counsel"; whereas the foolish man, being in proportion to his folly full of himself, and swallowed up in conceit, will seldom take any counsel but his own, and for that very reason, because it is his own.
      - John Balguy

The highest conceptions of the sages, who, in order to arrive at them, had to live many days, have become the milk for babes.
      - Pierre Simon Ballanche

Wisdom consists not no much in seeing as in foreseeing.
      - Hosea Ballou

Wisdom! I bless thy gentle sway, and ever, ever will obey.
      - Mrs. Anna Letitia Barbauld

You will cast away your cards and dice when you find the sweetness of youthful learning.
      - Richard Baxter

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. I, v. 18)

The heart of the wise in in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. VII, v. 4)

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. VII, v. 5)

The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. XII, v. 11)

He taketh wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
      - Bible, Job (ch. V, v. 13)

And Job answered and said,
  No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XII, v. 1-2)

No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXVIII, v. 18)

I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXXII, v. 7)

Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXXII, v. 9)

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