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Wisdom:

see Wisdom of SolomonWisdom of Solomon
or Wisdom,
early Jewish book included in the Septuagint and the Vulgate but not in the Hebrew Bible. The book opens with an exhortation to seek wisdom, followed by a statement on worldly attitudes.
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Wisdom

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Amenhotep
(fl. 14th century B.C.) pictured as bearded man holding papyrus roll. [Ancient Egypt. Art: Parrinder, 18]
Athena (Rom. Minerva)
goddess of wisdom. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 713]
Augustine, St
. (354–430) patron saint of scholars; voluminous theological author. [Christian Hagiog.: Brewster, 384–385]
Balder
most beautiful, luminescent, and wise god. [Norse Myth.: Parrinder, 40]
blue salvia
traditional symbol of wisdom; indicates mature judgment. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
Bodhi
knowledge by which one attains Nirvana. [Buddhism: Parrinder, 48]
Bragi
god of wisdom, poetry, and eloquence. [Norse Myth: Parrinder, 50]
Chiron
knowledgeable Centaur; instructed Achilles, Jason, and Asclepius. [Gk. Myth.: Parrinder, 62]
Confucius
(551–479 B.C.) Chinese philosopher and writer. [Chinese Hist.: Parrinder, 65]
Enki
god of wisdom; counterpart of Akkadian Ea. [Sumerian Myth.: Parrinder, 90]
Fudo
Japanese god of wisdom. [Jap. Myth.: Leach, 427]
Ganesha
wisdom god having a human body and an elephant head. [Hindu Myth.: Leach, 440]
gold
symbol of sagacity. [Color Symbolism: Jobes, 356]
Hiawatha
“wise man”; legendary founder of Iroquois Confederacy. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 229; Am. Lit.: “Hiawatha” in Benét, 466]
Jerome
St. Latin doctor of Church; preeminent biblical scholar. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 185]
Mimir
guardian of well of wit and wisdom. [Norse Myth.: Wheeler, 244]
Nebo
god of sagacity; inventor of writing. [Babyl. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 749]
Nestor
sage counselor and just king of Pylos. [Gk. Hist.: Wheeler, 257; Gk. Lit.: Iliad]
Odin
god; drank from fountain, became all-knowing. [Norse Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 774]
owl
associated with Athena, goddess of wisdom. [Gk. Myth.: Hall, 231]
Plato
(427–347 B.C.) Greek philosopher revered for wisdom. [Gk. Hist.: NCE, 2165]
Sarastro
High Priest represents benevolent guidance. [Ger. Opera: Mozart The Magic Flute in Benét, 619]
scroll
early form of manuscript; symbolic of learning. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 85]
Socrates
(469–399 B.C.) wise and respected teacher adept at developing latent ideas. [Gk. Hist.: EB, 16: 1001–1005]
Solomon
invested by God with unprecedented sagacity. [O.T.: I Kings 3:7–13; 4:29–34]
tree of the knowledge of good and evil
eat of its fruit and know all. [O. T.: Genesis 2:9; 3:6]
white mulberry
traditional symbol of wisdom. [Tree Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
References in classic literature ?
For eighteen hundred years, though perchance I have no right to say it, the New Testament has been written; yet where is the legislator who has wisdom and practical talent enough to avail himself of the light which it sheds on the science of legislation.
Then I knew that not by wisdom do poets write poetry, but by a sort of genius and inspiration; they are like diviners or soothsayers who also say many fine things, but do not understand the meaning of them.
The bordering States, if any, will be those who, under the impulse of sudden irritation, and a quick sense of apparent interest or injury, will be most likely, by direct violence, to excite war with these nations; and nothing can so effectually obviate that danger as a national government, whose wisdom and prudence will not be diminished by the passions which actuate the parties immediately interested.
Therefore it must be inferred that good counsels, whencesoever they come, are born of the wisdom of the prince, and not the wisdom of the prince from good counsels.
Oftenest I have unwisely uttered my wisdom in the ears of sick persons, when the inquietude of fever made them toss about upon my cushion.
But, taking an habitual breadth of view, with all his simplicity, he contended that providence should choose its own method of blessing mankind, and could conceive that this great end might be effected even by a warrior and a bloody sword, should inscrutable wisdom see fit to order matters SO.
As to Henry C-, the next in age and wisdom of our band, he had broken loose from the unyielding rigidity of his family, solidly rooted, if I remember rightly, in a well-to-do London suburb.
When the sophist would supplant, with the wild theories of his worldly wisdom, the positive mandates of inspiration, let him remember the expansion of his own feeble intellects, and pause—let him feel the wisdom of God in what is partially concealed.
Then the other pretended to give way, and said, 'Thou must let the sack of wisdom descend, by untying yonder cord, and then thou shalt enter.
The highest wisdom and truth are like the purest liquid we may wish to imbibe," he said.
AN OWL, in her wisdom, counseled the Birds that when the acorn first began to sprout, to pull it all up out of the ground and not allow it to grow.
I came in for my own pleasure and instruction," she said, "and was so struck by the wisdom of the speakers that I could not help making a few notes.