„All teems with symbol; the wise man is the man who in any one thing can read another.“

—  Plotin

II.3.7
The First Ennead (c. 250)

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antiker griechischer Philosoph 203 - 270

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„No man who can do any one thing well will be able to any different thing equally well.“

—  John Constable English Romantic painter 1776 - 1837

Quote from John Constable's letter to Rev. John Fisher 1825
1820s

E. W. Howe Foto

„The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.“

—  E. W. Howe Novelist, magazine and newspaper editor 1853 - 1937

Country Town Sayings (1911), p9.

Fukuzawa Yukichi Foto

„It is said that heaven does not create one man above or below another man. Any existing distinction between the wise and the stupid, between the rich and the poor, comes down to a matter of education.“

—  Fukuzawa Yukichi Japanese author, writer, teacher, translator, entrepreneur and journalist who founded Keio University 1835 - 1901

Gakumon no Susume [An Encouragement of Learning] (1872–1876).

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„Not one man in five cycles, who is wise, will expect appreciative recognition from his fellows, or any one of them.“

—  Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet 1818 - 1891

Letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 1851); published in Memories of Hawthorne (1897) by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, p. 157 <!-- also in Herman Melville, Mariner and Mystic (1921) by Raymond Melbourne Weaver -->
Kontext: Not one man in five cycles, who is wise, will expect appreciative recognition from his fellows, or any one of them. Appreciation! Recognition! Is love appreciated? Why, ever since Adam, who has got to the meaning of this great allegory — the world? Then we pigmies must be content to have our paper allegories but ill comprehended.

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Lin Yutang Foto

„The wise man reads both books and life itself.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 388

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„And he is oft the wisest man
Who is not wise at all.“

—  William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850

The Oak and the Broom.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

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„Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.“

—  Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592

Quelle: The Complete Essays

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Abraham Lincoln Foto

„That if any one man, choose to enslave another, no third man shall be allowed to object.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

1850s, The House Divided speech (1858)
Kontext: The new year of 1854 found slavery excluded from more than half the States by State constitutions, and from most of the national territory by congressional prohibition. Four days later commenced the struggle which ended in repealing that congressional prohibition. This opened all the national territory to slavery, and was the first point gained. But, so far, Congress only had acted; and an indorsement by the people, real or apparent, was indispensable to save the point already gained and give chance for more. This necessity had not been overlooked; but had been provided for, as well as might be, in the notable argument of "squatter sovereignty," otherwise called "sacred right of self government," which latter phrase, though expressive of the only rightful basis of any government, was so perverted in this attempted use of it as to amount to just this: That if any one man, choose to enslave another, no third man shall be allowed to object.

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„We are all fools when one wise man appears.“

—  Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951

Homecoming saga, The Call Of Earth (1992)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Foto

„What wise or stupid thing can man conceive
That was not thought of in ages long ago?“

—  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Goethes Faust

Act II, The Gothic Chamber
Faust, Part 2 (1832)

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„If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965

"1901", p. 76. Sometimes misquoted as "If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing". Sometimes misattributed to Bertrand Russell or Anatole France
A Writer's Notebook (1946)

Bertrand Russell Foto

„ If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970

W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer's Notebook (1949), entry for 1901
Sometimes misquoted as "If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing."
Sometimes misattributed to Anatole France
Note that Russell does say something similar in Marriage and Morals (1929): "The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible."
Misattributed

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