Wisdom is a weapon with which a man may ward off destruction;
It is an inner fortress which no enemy can assail.
Wisdom will harness the mind, diverting it
From wrong and directing it toward right.
In whatever matter and from whomever heard,
Wisdom will witness its true meaning.
Wisdom speaks well, conveying each meaning clearly,
And listens for the subtlest sense in others' speech.
Men of wisdom befriend the wise and keep that friendship constant,
Not opening and closing like the petaled lotus.
It is wisdom to live in the world
As the world lives.
Those who know, know what it is to be.
The unknowing know this not.
It is folly not to fear what ought to be feared.
Therefore, the wise dread what ought to be dreaded.
Fearsome sufferings shall never happen
To the wise who guard against future happenings.
Those who possess wisdom possess everything.
Whatever others possess, without wisdom they have nothing.
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