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- 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)
- The power of a book lies in its power to turn a solitary act into a shared vision. As long as we have books, we are not alone.
- Laura Welch Bush, Bringing Out the Best in Everyone You Coach : Use the Enneagram System for Exceptional Results (2009) by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, p. 123.
- People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up.
- George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings (1998)
- Nos vertus ne sont, le plus souvent, que de vices déguisés.
- Our virtues are most frequently but vices in disguise.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and oral Maxims (1665–1678)