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Plato – Wisdom is the true coin for exchange

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platoWisdom alone is the true and unalloyed coin for which we ought to exchange all things, for this and with this everything is bought and sold–fortitude, temperance, and justice; in a word, true virtue subsists with wisdom.

Plato  

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George Frost Kennan – The field of foreign affairs

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George KennanIn no field of endeavor is it easier than in the field of foreign affairs to be honestly wrong; in no field is it harder for contemporaries to be certain they can distinguish between wisdom and folly; in no field would it be less practicable to try to insist on infallibility as a mark of fitness for office.

George Frost Kennan  

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Horace – Unmasking souls before choosing friends

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Horace Wise were the kings who never chose a friend till with full cups they had unmasked his soul, and seen the bottom of his deepest thoughts.

Horace   (65 BC-8 BC)

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Laozi / Lao-Tzu – Wise men don’t need to prove their point

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Lao TzuWise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.
The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.

Laozi / Lao-Tzu   (604 BC-531 BC)

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Orson Scott Card – The wise are wise because

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Orson Scott CardThe wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them.

Orson Scott Card   (1951-)

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Plato – Wise men have something to say

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platoWise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

Plato  

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