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What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children.

Author: William Blake (1757-1827)

Profession: British Poet, Painter

The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all.

Author: Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711)

Profession: French Literary Poet, Critic

The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone.

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Profession: French General, Emperor

The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason.

Author: Hal Borland (1900-1978)

Profession: American Writer

True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by.

Author: E. S. Bouton


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

Author: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)

Profession: German Dramatist, Poet

Follow then the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving, for they know how to work and forbear.

Author: Buddha (568-488 BC)

Profession: Founder of Buddhism

As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.

Author: Buddha (568-488 BC)

Profession: Founder of Buddhism

Nine times out of ten it is over the Bridge of Sighs that we pass the narrow gulf from youth to manhood. That interval is usually marked by an ill placed or disappointed affection. We recover and we find ourselves a new being. The intellect has become hardened by the fire through which it has passed. The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion, and we may measure our road to wisdom by the sorrows we have undergone.

Author: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.

Author: Leo Buscaglia

Profession: American Expert on Love, Lecturer, Author

Though wisdom cannot be gotten for gold, still less can be gotten without it.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

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

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.

Author: Cato The Elder

Profession: Roman Statesman, Orator

Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.

Author: Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616)

Profession: Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet