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This website is designed to support a current special project - aimed at using 'Wise Sayings' to develop critical thinking skills and good character.     Richard Benjamin - Fall 2014

"To thine own self be true......"  Polonious, in Hamlet by Shakespeare


"Find honor, compassion......develop your self...then be true to that self"   Leonard Bernstein


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River of Wisdom -

More on River of Wisdom - Chinese Masterwork - Scenes Along the River During the Qingming Festival

Paraprosdokian - figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected.  Such as......

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad!

More on classifying tomatoes

Saying of the week...."

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou


Wisdom Thinkers

There are only two things to worry about, either you are healthy or you are sick. If you are healthy, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you are sick there are only two things to worry about, either you will get well or you will die. If you get well, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you die there are only two things to worry about, either you will go to heaven or to hell. If you go to heaven, then there is nothing to worry about. And if you to go hell, you'll be so darn busy shaking hands with your friends you won't have time to worry!

A parable is a succinct, didactic story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive lessons or principles. It differs from a fable in that fables employ animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature as characters, whereas parables have human characters[1]. A parable is a type of analogy.[2] 

Jesus on why he speaks in Parables

Listing of Parables

The Sower and the Seed

Prodigal Son

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