Quotes of the day 19th August 2020

"Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise." 

(Cato the Elder, who lived 234 BC - 149 BC, quoted in "Lives" by Plutarch.)

There is a similar saying by Germany's Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck:

Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others. - Otto von Bismarck

Benjamin Franklin is supposed to have put the same saying in a more humorous form:

"Wise men profit by the mistakes of others, while fools will not learn even from their own blunders."

Let us all be wise and learn from the events of the last few days.


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