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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM
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The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:10:42 AM
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Ah - but better to be thought the fool than to speak and erase all doubt. Now that's wisdom.
lenam
Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:01:22 AM

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One has to be a little smart too.

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MarySM
Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 9:20:43 AM

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As a child I was told that that wisdom would come to me if I listened when I would have preferred to talk. That was very good advice.



"He who never made a mistake never made a discovery." Samuel Smiles
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Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 2:20:10 PM

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Too much of that dangnstic book learning just leads to no good!

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Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 3:59:09 PM

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Perhaps Mr. Emerson is speaking of people who believe they have 'seen it all' and so when confronted with something new, refuse to recognize it's uniqueness and instead categorize it as something they are well familiar with.



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Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 1:09:02 AM

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There is no greater compliment than to be called an idiot, by an imbecile.

Sanity is not statistical
redsxz
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 3:37:20 AM

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excaelis wrote:
There is no greater compliment than to be called an idiot, by an imbecile.


Who said that?
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 1:36:17 PM

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AS far as google is concerned, it appears to be me. I'm fairly sure, however, it was somebody French, 19th/early 20th century.

Sanity is not statistical
Vickster
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 2:14:45 PM

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Wait Ex.... are you the idiot or the imbicile?? lol Just kidding... Dancing

He who sings scares away his woes. ~Cervantes
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Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 4:17:11 PM

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"Imbécille", from Old French, implies the stupidity of the feeble-minded, whereas "idiote", also from Old French, implies mere ignorance. Therefore, an idiot is more intelligent than an imbecile, since idiots can be taught.

Well, I think idiots CAN be taught, after all, I'm very much in that category !!!
eX is neither, knowledge and sense of humour can be passed on, even to morons like me !!






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tootsie
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 4:18:32 PM

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tootsie wrote:

"Imbécille", from Old French, implies the stupidity of the feeble-minded, whereas "idiote", also from Old French, implies mere ignorance. Therefore, an idiot is more intelligent than an imbecile, since idiots can be taught.

Well, I agree, idiots CAN be taught, after all, I'm very much in that category !!!
eX is neither, knowledge and sense of humour can be passed on, even to morons like me !!






I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost. Winnie-the-Pooh
tootsie
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 4:19:20 PM

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I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost. Winnie-the-Pooh
tootsie
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 4:21:43 PM

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see what I mean, now I have to bow out, this twit can't even erase a post - sorry guys x

I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost. Winnie-the-Pooh
tootsie
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 4:23:04 PM

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I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost. Winnie-the-Pooh
tootsie
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 4:23:42 PM

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I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost. Winnie-the-Pooh
tootsie
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 4:24:24 PM

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I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost. Winnie-the-Pooh
tootsie
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 4:26:45 PM

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well, I did try to delete the idiotic comments, but it seems they want me to stay a moron, ah well, so be it hahaha x

I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost. Winnie-the-Pooh
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 6:23:17 PM

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It's okay tootsie, we've all been there and we understand. There, there.

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excaelis
Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 6:24:07 PM

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tootsie wrote:

"Imbécille", from Old French, implies the stupidity of the feeble-minded, whereas "idiote", also from Old French, implies mere ignorance. Therefore, an idiot is more intelligent than an imbecile, since idiots can be taught.

Well, I think idiots CAN be taught, after all, I'm very much in that category !!!
eX is neither, knowledge and sense of humour can be passed on, even to morons like me !!






It takes a village to raise an idiot ! Dancing

Sanity is not statistical
GabhSigenod
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 7:16:29 AM

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lenam wrote:
One has to be a little smart too.


A true wise person may or may not care about the perceptions of others.

Mise, tá mé lán de dea-fhortún.
MTC
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 8:36:30 AM
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To Tootsie: Don't true wisdom and self-effacement go hand in hand?
Christine
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 9:21:11 AM

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I think he is saying about inventors or scientists..they come up with right answers and most don't see them at the same time.

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Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 9:36:48 AM

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and even a Tommy Cooper joke can pall after so many repetitions

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MTC
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 11:17:23 AM
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As usual we posters have a choice either to respond to the quotation alone out of context, or respond only after finding the quotation in context. As far as I am concerned, either choice is valid.

Today I located the context in Emerson's Second Series of Essays at http://www.online-literature.com/view.php/essays-second-series/2?term=excess%20of%20wisdomat. Emerson speaks about the importance of adhering to the Golden Mean in Life : "A man is a golden impossibility. The line he must walk is a hair's breadth. The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool." Excess in any human endeavour (or "endeavor" if you like) including the quest for Wisdom leads to "mischief."

Etcheparre
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 12:49:01 PM

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excaelis wrote:
There is no greater compliment than to be called an idiot, by an imbecile.


"Se faire traiter d'idiot par un imbécile est une volupté de fin gourmet"

Which translates, roughly, as: "Being called an idiot by an imbecile is a fine gourmet's greatest pleasure"

Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.
Etcheparre
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 12:50:12 PM

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By Georges Courteline apparently, mid 19th French writer.

Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.
excaelis
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 2:10:46 PM

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Ha ! I knew it was French ! Thankyou, Etcheparre.

Another of my favourites is " An intellectual is one who has been educated beyond his intelligence."

Sanity is not statistical
Desiree
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 8:34:17 PM

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tootsie. Bravo!! You made me laugh a lot. You are really obsessive.
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 11:58:39 PM
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I am laughing my head off ...So this must mean I am even less than an imbecile. And since I am by no means French, I must be a chicken running around loose,squawking with my head cut off.
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