„Men may the wise atrenne, and naught atrede.“

Source: Troilus and Criseyde

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—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965

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—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734

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„523. A fool may throw a stone into a well, which a hundred wise men cannot pull out.“

—  George Herbert Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest 1593 - 1633

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„But the princes, putting the words of their wise men to naught, thought each to himself: If I but strike quickly enough, and in secret, I shall destroy these others in their sleep, and there will be none to fight back; the earth shall be mine.
Such was the folly of princes, and there followed the Flame Deluge.“

—  Walter M. Miller, Jr., book A Canticle for Leibowitz

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

—  Cato the Elder politician, writer and economist (0234-0149) -234 - -149 BC

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„Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.“

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„I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.“

—  John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826

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„Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise men listen.“

—  John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914

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