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Norwegian Proverbs

He who recognizes his folly is on the road to wisdom.

Folly | Wisdom |

Charles Victor Roman

No human folly can surpass the conceit of ignorance.

Folly | Ignorance |

Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

Experience: The wisdom that enables us to recognize in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.

Acquaintance | Experience | Folly | Wisdom | Old |

Alfred North Whitehead

The folly of intelligent people, clear-headed and narrow-visioned, has precipitated many catastrophes.

Folly | People |

Author Unknown NULL

Today. Mend a quarrel. Search out a friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed. Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine demands on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind, be gentle. Laugh a little more. Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Worship your God. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love. Speak it again. Still speak it again. Speak it still once again.

Beauty | Complacency | Confidence | Earth | Enemy | Envy | Friend | God | Gratitude | Heart | Little | Love | Loyalty | Loyalty | Malice | Pleasure | Promise | Search | Suspicion | Time | Trust | Wonder | Worship | Wrong | Youth | Beauty | Forgive | Think |

Charles Caleb Colton

Subtract from the great man all that he owes to opportunity, all that he owes to chance, and all that he gained by the wisdom of his friends and the folly of his enemies, and the giant will often be seen as a pygmy.

Chance | Folly | Man | Opportunity | Will | Wisdom | Friends |

Charles Caleb Colton

He that sympathizes in all the happiness of others, perhaps himself enjoys the safest happiness; and he that is warned by the folly of others has perhaps attained the soundest wisdom.

Folly | Wisdom | Happiness |

Eric Hoffer

No matter how noble the objectives of a government, if it blurs decency and kindness, cheapens human life, and breeds ill will and suspicion - it is an evil government.

Evil | Government | Kindness | Life | Life | Objectives | Suspicion | Will |

Francis Bacon

Superabundance of suspicion is a kind of political madness.

Madness | Suspicion |

Ernest Dimnet

If the higher companionship which love should be does not make men and women nobler, more generous, more ready to sacrifice even their beautiful life for a lofty purpose, there is a suspicion that their love is not love but a combination of egoisms.

Life | Life | Love | Men | Purpose | Purpose | Sacrifice | Suspicion | Companionship |

Francis Bacon

There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little, and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not keep their suspicions in smother.

Little | Man | Men | Nothing | Suspicion |

Francis Bacon

The folly of one man is the fortune of another. For no man prospers so suddenlyu a by others’ errors.

Folly | Fortune | Man |

Francis Bacon

There is nothing that makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and, therefore, men should remember suspicion by procuring to know more, and not to keep their suspicions to smother.

Little | Man | Men | Nothing | Suspicion |

George Herbert

Knowledge is folly unless grace guide it.

Folly | Grace | Knowledge |

George Santayana

Two protecting deities, indeed, like two sober friends supporting a drunkard, flank human folly and keep it within bounds. One of these deities is Punishment and the other Agreement.

Folly | Punishment | Friends |

Herbert Spencer

The ultimate result of shielding people from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

Folly | People | World |

John B. Gough

If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on... You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until some one comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.

Folly | Influence | Wealth | World |