„The pedant interprets the simplicity and the humility of the wise man as ignorance.“

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The Furrow (1986)

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Josemaría Escrivá2
spanischer Geistlicher, Gründer des Opus Dei 1902 - 1975

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„By serving wise and ignorant sadhus, I am learning the greatest of virtues, pleasing to God above all others — humility.“

—  Lahiri Mahasaya Indian yogi and guru 1828 - 1895

Quelle: Autobiography of a Yogi (1946), Ch. 34 : Materializing a Palace in the Himalayas

Miguel de Unamuno Foto

„If a philosopher is not a man, he is anything but a philosopher; he is above all a pedant, and a pedant is a caricature of a man.“

—  Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936

The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), I : The Man of Flesh and Bone
Kontext: If a philosopher is not a man, he is anything but a philosopher; he is above all a pedant, and a pedant is a caricature of a man. The cultivation of any branch of science — of chemistry, of physics, of geometry, of philology — may be a work of differentiated specialization, and even so, only within very narrow limits and restrictions; but philosophy, like poetry, is a work of integration and synthesis, or else it is merely pseudo-philosophical erudition.

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„There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

Demonology
1880s, Lectures and Biographical Sketches (1883)

Thomas à Kempis Foto

„If thou desire to profit, read with humility, simplicity, and faithfulness; nor even desire the repute of learning.“

—  Thomas à Kempis German canon regular 1380 - 1471

Quelle: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 37.

Musa al-Kadhim Foto

„The sleep of a wise man is far better than the worship of an ignorant one during the night.“

—  Musa al-Kadhim Seventh of the Twelve Imams and regarded by Sunnis as a renowned scholar 745 - 799

Ibn Shu’ba al-Harrani, Tuhaf al-'Uqul, p. 419.
Regarding Knowledge & Wisdom, Religious

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„A constellation of the most pedantic, obstinate ignorance and presumption, mixed with a kind of rustic incivility, which would try the patience of Job.“

—  Giordano Bruno Italian philosopher, mathematician and astronomer 1548 - 1600

Declaration about the scholars of England, particularly those of Oxford
The Ash Wednesday Supper (1584)

Theophrastus Foto

„If you are an ignorant man, you are acting wisely; but if you have had any education, you are behaving like a fool.“

—  Theophrastus ancient greek philosopher -371 - -287 v.Chr

Quoted by Diogenes Laërtius; translation from C. D. Yonge (trans.), The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (London: H. G. Bohn, 1853), p. 196.
Said "when a man preserved a strict silence during the whole of a banquet".
Original: (el) Εἰ μὲν ἀμαθὴς εἶ, φρονίμως ποιεῖς, εἰ δὲ πεπαίδευσαι, ἀφρόνως.

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William Saroyan Foto

„I am enormously wise and abysmally ignorant.“

—  William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981

My Heart's in the Highlands (1939)

Jean De La Fontaine Foto

„Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred.“

—  Jean De La Fontaine French poet, fabulist and writer. 1621 - 1695

Rien n'est si dangereux qu'un ignorant ami;
Mieux vaudrait un sage ennemi.
Book VIII (1678-1679), fable 10.
Fables (1668–1679)
Variante: Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.

William Whewell Foto

„Man is the interpreter of nature, science the right interpretation.“

—  William Whewell English philosopher & historian of science 1794 - 1866

Aphorism 17.
Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences (1840)

Joseph Heller Foto
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„Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.“

—  Thor Heyerdahl Norwegian anthropologist and adventurer 1914 - 2002

Variante: Progress is a man´s ability to comlicate simplicity.

Henri Barbusse Foto

„Will the great poet come who shall settle the boundaries of belief and render it eternal, the poet who will be, not a fool, not an ignorant orator, but a wise man, the great inexorable poet?“

—  Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935

The Inferno (1917), Ch. XIV
Kontext: I thought of all those wise men, poets, artists before me who had suffered, wept, and smiled on the road to truth. I thought of the Latin poet who wished to reassure and console men by showing them truth as unveiled as a statue. A fragment of his prelude came to my mind, learned long ago, then dismissed and lost like almost everything that I had taken the pains to learn up till then. He said he kept watch in the serene nights to find the words, the poem in which to convey to men the ideas that would deliver them. For two thousand years men have always had to be reassured and consoled. For two thousand years I have had to be delivered. Nothing has changed the surface of things. The teachings of Christ have not changed the surface of things, and would not even if men had not ruined His teachings so that they can no longer follow them honestly. Will the great poet come who shall settle the boundaries of belief and render it eternal, the poet who will be, not a fool, not an ignorant orator, but a wise man, the great inexorable poet? I do not know, although the lofty words of the man who died in the boarding-house have given me a vague hope of his coming and the right to adore him already.

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„It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240

Xenophanes, 3.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 9: Uncategorized philosophers and Skeptics

David Hume Foto

„The role of reason is not to make us wise but to reveal our ignorance“

—  David Hume Scottish philosopher, economist, and historian 1711 - 1776

Commonly attributed to Hume, but without any apparent basis.
Misattributed

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