"Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man
tries to communicate always sounds foolish."
Herman Hesse
(1877-1962) German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter
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the novel siddartha greatly affected me as a teenager and changed the way that i looked at life. it taught me exactly that. it taught me that experience, wisdom cannot be taught, one must experience it themselves. "It is a good thing to experience everything oneself...As a child I learned that pleasures of the world and riches were not good. I have known it for a long time, but I have only just experienced it. Now I know it not only with my intellect, but with my ears, with my heart, with my stomach. It is a good thing that I know this."
 -- sara, toronto     
    Wisdom is not something you teach - wisdom is the soul of the heart and can only be understood by its owner. A wise man never aswers a students question of why or what instead you are given a task.
     -- RobertSRQ     
    A wise man knows himself to be a fool. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Certainly there is nothing quite like first hand experience to make one wise. However, first hand experience can also give you scars to go along with it. A wiser man will accept instruction from those who have gone before him and not have to experience the cuts, bruises, and burns.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Good point Ken, though in the instructions the wise man also provides warnings
     -- RobertSRQ     
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