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The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct. — Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator, and writer (106-43 BCE)

(from my A Word A Day email)

PatrickQuotes08/26/04 1 comments

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Dad • 08/26/04 11:21 PM:

This quote is OK, but doesn’t have that “right on” quality that really good quotes have. Yes, the wise are instructed by reason, but clearly, the proper interpretation of experience rather than pure reason alone is what produces wisdom. I’m also not sure about the difference between experience and “necessity.”

I remember Cicero from my high school Latin classes. That is, I remember the name Cicero, but none of his writing.

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