It is by a mathematical point only that we are wise, as the sailor or fugitive slave keeps the polestar in his eye; but that is sufficient guidance for all our life. We may not arrive at our port within a calculable period, but we would preserve the true course.
Water is the only drink for a wise man.
It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
With a knowledge of the name comes a more distinct recognition and knowledge of the thing.
A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
Knowledge does not come to us in details, but in flashes of light from heaven.
When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality
True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom.
I have lately been surveying the Walden woods so extensively and minutely that I now see it mapped in my minds eye - as, indeed, on paper - as so many mens wood-lots, and am aware when I walk there that I am at a given moment passing from such a ones wood-lot to such anothers. I fear this particular dry knowledge may affect my imagination and fancy, that it will not be easy to see so much wildness and native vigor there as formerly.
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