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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 (1588-1679) British philosopher.

Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.

Karl Kraus (1874-1936) Austrian satirist.

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God.

Epictetus (50-120) Greek philosopher.

We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.


One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2007) Canadian-American economist.

The extreme limit of wisdom --that's what the public calls madness.

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) French author and filmmaker.

The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.

Confucius (BC 551-BC 479) Chinese philosopher.

The greatest event for the world is the arrival of a new and wise person.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.