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- An nescis, mi fili, quantilla prudentia mundus regatur?
- Don't you know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed
- This was supposedly written by the Swedish historical councellor Axel Oxienstierna in a letter to his son Johan in 1648.
- Old men delight in giving good advice as a consolation for the fact that they can no longer provide bad examples.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678), Maxim 93.
- The hours of folly are measur'd by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.
- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790), Proverbs of Hell.
- A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
- Sophocles, Aletes, Frag. 99
- Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
- George Chapman, All Fools (1605)
- It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool, except a young fool. But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old fool to realize what a damn fool he was when he was a young fool.
- Unknown origin