28 February 2013

The Beginning of Wisdom

Nicolas de Chamfort (1741-1794), The Cynic's Breviary, tr. William G. Hutchison (London: Elkin Mathews, 1902), p. 21:
I cannot conceive of a wisdom that lacks distrust: according to the Scriptures the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God — I believe it is rather the fear of men.
Some of my translations from Chamfort's maxims:
The Instinct or Pride of the Elephant
What Should One Think of Humanity?
Misery and Futility
Not Quite So Foolish