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by Omar Khayyam

Man is the whole creation's summary,

Man is the whole creation's summary,
The precious apple of great wisdom's eye;
The circle of existence is a ring,
Whereof the signet is humanity.


by Omar Khayyam

On the dread day of final scrutiny

On the dread day of final scrutiny
Thou wilt be rated by thy quality;
Get wisdom and fair qualities to-day,
For, as thou art, requited wilt thou be.


by Omar Khayyam

Of wisdom's dictates two are principal,

Of wisdom's dictates two are principal,
Surpassing all your lore traditional;
Better to fast than eat of every meat,
Better to live alone than mate with all!


by William Butler Yeats

The Coming Of Wisdom With Time

 Though leaves are many, the root is one;
Through all the lying days of my youth
I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
Now I may wither into the truth.


by Omar Khayyam

To him who would his sins extenuate,

To him who would his sins extenuate,
Let pious men this verse reiterate,
«To call God's prescience the cause of sin
In wisdom's purview is but folly's prate.»


by Omar Khayyam

These fools, by dint of ignorance most crass,

These fools, by dint of ignorance most crass,
Think they in wisdom all mankind surpass;
And glibly do they damn as infidel,
Whoever is not, like themselves, an ass.


by Omar Khayyam

In heaven is seen the bull we name Parwin,

In heaven is seen the bull we name Parwin,
Beneath the earth another lurks unseen;
And thus to wisdom's eyes mankind appear
A drove of asses, two great bulls between!


by Omar Khayyam

He, in whose bosom wisdom's seed is sown,

He, in whose bosom wisdom's seed is sown,
To waste a single day was never known;
Either he strives to work great Allah's will,
Or else exalts the cup, and works his own.


by Omar Khayyam

Slaves of vain wisdom and philosophy,

Slaves of vain wisdom and philosophy,
Who toil at Being and Nonentity,
Parching your brains till they are like dry grapes,
Be wise in time, and drink grape-juice, like me!


by Omar Khayyam

This bosom friend, on whom you so rely,

This bosom friend, on whom you so rely,
Seems to clear wisdom's eyes an enemy;
Choose not your friends from this rude multitude,
Their converse is a plague 'tis best to fly.


by Robert Burns

451. Epitaph on the same

 HERE lies, now a prey to insulting neglect,
 What once was a butterfly, gay in life’s beam:
Want only of wisdom denied her respect,
 Want only of goodness denied her esteem.


by Robert Burns

409. Epigram—The Raptures of Folly

 THOU greybeard, old Wisdom! may boast of thy treasures;
 Give me with young Folly to live;
I grant thee thy calm-blooded, time-settled pleasures,
 But Folly has raptures to give.


by Omar Khayyam

From life we draw now wine, now dregs to drink,

From life we draw now wine, now dregs to drink,
Now flaunt in silk, and now in tatters shrink;
Such changes wisdom holds of slight account
To those who stand on death's appalling brink!


by Edgar Lee Masters

Alexander Throckmorton

 In youth my wings were strong and tireless,
But I did not know the mountains.
In age I knew the mountains But my weary wings could not follow my vision -- Genius is wisdom and youth.


by Friedrich von Schiller

The Sower

 Sure of the spring that warms them into birth,
The golden seeds thou trustest to the earth;
And dost thou doubt the eternal spring sublime,
For deeds--the seeds which wisdom sows in time.


by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Poets Thought

 It came to him in rainbow dreams, 
Blent with the wisdom of the sages, 
Of spirit and of passion born; 
In words as lucent as the morn 
He prisoned it, and now it gleams 
A jewel shining through the ages.


by Omar Khayyam

Occasion makes me sing the praise of wine when I surround

Occasion makes me sing the praise of wine when I surround
myself with men and things I love. O Devotee!
canst thou be happy here below knowing that wisdom is
your Lord? Then know, at least, that wisdom is my
slave.


by Omar Khayyam

If your own satisfaction consists in casting grief into a

If your own satisfaction consists in casting grief into a
heart free from all care, you could, friend, make mourning
with your wisdom during your whole life. Go, be
unhappy, then, for you are a person strangely ignorant.


by Omar Khayyam

It is we who are the true aim of universal creation; it

It is we who are the true aim of universal creation; it
is we who, in the eyes of wisdom, are the essence of divine
regard. The circle of this world is like a ring and,
without doubt, we are the jeweled signet of it.
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by Emily Dickinson

The ones that disappeared are back

 The ones that disappeared are back
The Phoebe and the Crow
Precisely as in March is heard
The curtness of the Jay --
Be this an Autumn or a Spring
My wisdom loses way
One side of me the nuts are ripe
The other side is May.


by Omar Khayyam

For those endowed with knowledge and virtue, who

For those endowed with knowledge and virtue, who
through their wisdom have become as torches to their
disciples, even those have not progressed beyond this
night profound. They have left some fables and returned
to death's long sleep.
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by Emily Dickinson

I worked for chaff and earning Wheat

 I worked for chaff and earning Wheat
Was haughty and betrayed.
What right had Fields to arbitrate In matters ratified? I tasted Wheat and hated Chaff And thanked the ample friend -- Wisdom is more becoming viewed At distance than at hand.


by Emily Dickinson

Denial -- is the only fact

 Denial -- is the only fact
Perceived by the Denied --
Whose Will -- a numb significance --
The Day the Heaven died --

And all the Earth strove common round --
Without Delight, or Beam --
What Comfort was it Wisdom -- was --
The spoiler of Our Home?


by Emily Dickinson

The Sea said Come to the Brook --

 The Sea said "Come" to the Brook --
The Brook said "Let me grow" --
The Sea said "Then you will be a Sea --
I want a Brook -- Come now"!

The Sea said "Go" to the Sea --
The Sea said "I am he
You cherished" -- "Learned Waters --
Wisdom is stale -- to Me"


by Omar Khayyam

There are two things which are the foundation of wisdom

There are two things which are the foundation of wisdom
and which ought to be put among the number of the
most important unproclaimed revelations. Not to eat of
anything which eats of other things, and to keep oneself
unsullied by all that lives.
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