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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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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