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Adieu Sagesse

知恵よ さようなら

みんなみんな さようなら

情熱に任せ 心の高まりを感じ
愚かさに身を委ね 自由に生きる
自由に疲れたら 景色を楽しむ

知恵よ さようなら

Adam Smith

It is the great multiplication of the productions of all the different arts, in consequence of the division of labour, which occasions, in a well-governed society, that universal opulence which extends itself to the lowest ranks of the people. Every workman has a great quantity of his own work to dispose of beyond what he himself has occasion for; and every other workman being exactly in the same situation, he is enabled to exchange a great quantity of his own goods for a great quantity, or, what comes to the same thing, for the price of a great quantity of theirs. He supplies them abundantly with what they have occasion for, and they accommodate him as amply with what he has occasion for, and a general plenty diffuses itself through all the different ranks of the society.
Observe the accommodation of the most common artificer or day-labourer in a civilised and thriving country, and you will perceive that the number of people of whose industry a part, though but a small part, has been employed in procuring him this accommodation, exceeds all computation. The woollen coat, for example, which covers the day-labourer, as coarse and rough as it may appear, is the produce of the joint labour of a great multitude of workmen. The shepherd, the sorter of the wool, the wool-comber or carder, the dyer, the scribbler, the spinner, the weaver, the fuller, the dresser, with many others, must all join their different arts in order to complete even this homely production. How many merchants and carriers, besides, must have been employed in transporting the materials from some of those workmen to others who often live in a very distant part of the country!

Marilyn Monroe

I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

Christian Madsbjerg

Sensemaking is practical wisdom grounded in the humanities. We can think of sense making as the exact opposite of algorithmic thinking: it is entirely situated in the concrete, while algorithmic thinking exists in a no-man’s land of information stripped of its specificity. Algorithmic thinking can go wide — processing trillions of terabytes of data per second — but only sense making can go deep.


No. ラテン語月名 日数 由来 現在該当
1 Martius 31日 軍神マルスの月 3月
2 Aprīlis 30日 美の女神ウェヌスの月 4月
3 Māius 31日 豊穣の女神マイアの月 5月
4 Jūnius 30日 女性と結婚の守護神ユーノーの月 6月
5 Quīntīlis 31日 quīntus(5番目の月) 7月
6 Sextīlis 30日 sextus(6番目の月) 8月
7 September 30日 septem(7の月) 9月
8 Octōber 31日 octo(8の月) 10月
9 November 30日 novem(9の月) 11月
10 December 30日 decem(10の月) 12月
(月は置かれない) 約61日



Fanny Bauer Motti

Pour être au plus proche de la vérité, de la réalité d’une situation, vous devez chercher à être lucide. Par quoi passe la lucidité ? En premier lieu, par la pluralité des angles de vue. Lorsque vous êtes devant une situation qui vous trouble ou qui vous entraîne dans des pensées négatives, cherchez par la réflexion toutes les possibles explications de cette situation.









James Surowiecki

We generally have less information than we’d like. We have limited foresight into the future. Most of us lack the ability—and the desire—to make sophisticated cost-benefit calculations. Instead of insisting on finding the best possible decision, we will often accept one that seems good enough. And we often let emotion affect our judgment. Yet despite all these limitations, when our imperfect judgments are aggregated in the right way our collective intelligence is often excellent.
This intelligence, or what I’ll call the wisdom of crowds,” is at work in the world in many different guises. It’s the reason the Internet search engine Google can scan a billion Web pages and find the one page that has the exact piece of information you were looking for.



The Book of Wisdom of Solomon

Wisdom is glorious, and never fadeth away, and is easily seen by them that love her, and is found by them that seek her.
She preventeth them that covet her, so that she first sheweth herselfunto them.
He that awaketh early to seek her, shall not labour: for he shall find her sitting at his door.
To think therefore upon her, is perfect understanding: and he that watcheth for her, shall quickly be secure.
For she goeth about seeking such as are worthy of her, and she sheweth herself to them cheerfully in the ways, and meeteth them with all providence.
For the beginning of her is the most true desire of discipline.
And the care of discipline is love: and love is the keeping of her laws: and the keeping of her laws is the firm foundation of incorruption:
And incorruption bringeth near to God.
Therefore the desire of wisdom bringeth to the everlasting kingdom.
If then your delight be in thrones, and sceptres, O ye kings of the people, love wisdom, that you may reign for ever.
Love the light of wisdom, all ye that bear rule over peoples.
Now what wisdom is, and what was her origin, I will declare: and I will not hide from you the mysteries of God, but will seek her out from the beginning of her birth, and bring the knowledge of her to light, and will not pass over the truth:
Neither will I go with consuming envy: for such a man shall not be partaker of wisdom.

Pope Benedict XVI

The sapiential texts themselves which speak of the eternal pre-existence of Wisdom, also speak of the descent, the abasement of this Wisdom, who pitched a tent for herself among men. Thus we already hear echoing the words of the Gospel of John, who speaks of the tent of the Lord’s flesh. He created a tent for himself in the Old Testament: here the temple is shown, and worship in accordance with the Torah; but the New Testament perspective enables us to realize that this was only a prefiguration of the tent that was far more real and meaningful: the tent of Christ’s flesh. And we already see in the Books of the Old Testament that this lowering of Wisdom, her descent in the flesh, also suggests the possibility that she was rejected. St Paul, in developing his Christology, refers precisely to this sapiential perspective: in Jesus he recognizes the eternal Wisdom that has always existed, the Wisdom that descends and pitches a tent for herself among us and thus he can describe Christ as “the power of God and the Wisdom of God” (1 Cor 1: 24), he can say that Christ has become, through God’s work, “our Wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (ibid., v. 30). Similarly, Paul explains that Christ, like Wisdom, can be rejected above all by the rulers of this world (cf. 1 Cor 2: 6-9), so that within God’s plans a paradoxical situation is created, the Cross, which was to transform itself into the means of salvation for the whole human race.





Pope Francis, pape François

This year’s theme invites us to reflect on a phrase: “I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame”. I would like to consider this phrase from the perspective of sapientia cordis – the wisdom of the heart.

  1. This “wisdom” is no theoretical, abstract knowledge, the product of reasoning.
  2. Wisdom of the heart means serving our brothers and sisters.
  3. Wisdom of the heart means being with our brothers and sisters.
  4. Wisdom of the heart means going forth from ourselves towards our brothers and sisters.
  5. Wisdom of the heart means showing solidarity with our brothers and sisters while not judging them.
  6. I entrust this World Day of the Sick to the maternal protection of Mary, who conceived and gave birth to Wisdom incarnate: Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Le thème de cette année nous invite à réfléchir sur une phrase : « J’étais les yeux de l’aveugle, les pieds du boiteux ». Je voudrais le faire dans la perspective de la « sapientia cordis », la sagesse du cœur.

  1. Cette sagesse n’est pas une connaissance théorique, abstraite, fruit de raisonnements.
  2. La sagesse du cœur veut dire servir le frère.
  3. La sagesse du cœur, c’est être avec le frère.
  4. La sagesse du cœur, c’est la sortie de soi vers le frère.
  5. La sagesse du cœur c’est être solidaire avec le frère sans le juger.
  6. Je confie cette Journée mondiale du Malade à la protection maternelle de Marie, qui a accueilli dans son sein et a donné naissance à la Sagesse incarnée, Jésus-Christ, notre Seigneur.





Bertrand Russell

Most people would agree that, although our age far surpasses all previous ages in knowledge, there has been no correlative increase in wisdom.
Suppose, for example, that you are engaged in research in scientific medicine. The work is difficult and is likely to absorb the whole of your intellectual energy. You have not time to consider the effect which your discoveries or inventions may have outside the field of medicine. You succeed (let us say), as modern medicine has succeeded, in enormously lowering the infant death-rate, not only in Europe and America, but also in Asia and Africa. This has the entirely unintended result of making the food supply inadequate and lowering the standard of life in the most populous parts of the world. To take an even more spectacular example, which is in everybody’s mind at the present time: You study the composistion of the atom from a disinterested desire for knowledge, and incidentally place in the hands of powerful lunatics the means of destroying the human race. In such ways the pursuit of knowledge may becorem harmful unless it is combined with wisdom; and wisdom in the sense of comprehensive vision is not necessarily present in specialists in the pursuit of knowledge.




  • 無念無想 (執着に囚われず、心を解放する)
  • 水急不月流 (周りに流されず自分を持つ)
  • 日日是好日 (毎日がすばらしい一日)
  • 眼横鼻直 (ありのままを受け入れる)
  • 松樹千年翠 (大切なものは身近なところにある)
  • 曹源一滴水 (どんな大きなものでも始まりは小さな一歩)
  • 悟無好悪 (偏見や先入観に惑わさせない)
  • 柔軟心 (執着や固定観念に囚われない柔軟な心を持つ)
  • 大道通長安 (どの道も幸せに通じている)



Nate Kay

Life can be a lot simpler with nothing. Consider how much we worry about stuff around us. Take it all away and the stress tends to go away. It’s only boring to some because they are so used to being so geared up with the bustling of life all the time.


Michel Foucault

L’homme, pendant des millénaires, est resté ce qu’il était pour Aristote : un animal vivant, et de plus capable d’une existence politique ; l’homme moderne est un animal dans la politique duquel sa vie d’être vivant est en question.

Le problème à la fois politique, éthique, social et philosophique qui se pose à nous aujourd’hui n’est pas d’essayer de libérer l’individu de l’État et de ses institutions, mais de nous libérer, nous, de l’État et du type d’individualisation qui s’y rattache. Il nous faut promouvoir de nouvelles formes de subjectivité.


Fidarsi è bene, non fidarsi è meglio.
L’uomo si giudica mal alla cerca.
Al cuore non si comanda.
Chi tace acconsente.
Esperienza, madre di scienza.
I frutti proibiti sono i più dolci.
Vivi e lascia vivere.

Khalil Gibran

  • Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
  • I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
  • Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
  • Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.
  • Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
  • If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.
  • A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?

David Foster Wallace

… there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talked about in the great outside world of winning and achieving and displaying. The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default-setting, the “rat race” — the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing.

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”…..
It is about the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over:
“This is water.”
“This is water.”

George Sowden

Leonard Koren is a philosopher. Because he makes you think about things in a different way. But he’s not dogmatic. He’s a relativist. The books are not empty books; they are not minimalist. You have to appreciate that. If you are looking for opinions, you won’t find them. If you asked me what Leonard believes in, I would say he is a believer in not believing.

Alberto Zaccheroni

AlbertoZacceroniWhen asked in Japan’s players need to have more of an edge (“malicia“) when playing tougher teams, Alberto Zaccheroni said he has tried to get the Japanese players to take advantage of their unique strengths.

Japanese culture is different. When we play teams from South America or Europe we understand those players play a different way, with an edge (“malicia“), so instead of asking my players to be meaner, I ask them to be smarter.

Marc Cooper

WisdomI am beginning to appreciate the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is information which someone is aware. Knowledge also means confident understanding of a subject, the ability to use information for achieving a particular purpose. In dentistry, we have lot of very knowledgeable people. People gain knowledge through learning and education. Knowledge is tangible. Knowledge changes over time.
Wisdom on the other hand is the ability to make correct judgments and decisions. Wisdom is an intangible quality gained through experience. Wisdom is timeless.


  • As health produces health, so does philosophic wisdom produce happiness. Wisdom is a part of virtue that once possessed makes a man happy.
  • A man of practical wisdom has both knowledge and ability to act; the incontinent man has knowledge but lacks the ability to act.
  • Understanding is neither about things that are unchangeable nor about things changeable; it is about the objects of practical wisdom. Practical wisdom issues commands, its object is to do the right thing; understanding decides.
  • Excellence of deliberation is not opinion. The man who deliberates badly makes mistakes while he who deliberates well does so correctly; correctness in deliberation is the truth that determines opinion. Excellent deliberation attains what is good which is the aim of the man of practical wisdom
  • No one is a philosopher by nature; people have by natural judgement, understanding and intuitive reason. We ought to attend to the sayings and opinions of experienced and older people or of people of practical wisdom since experience has given them insight,
  • The work of man is achieved in accordance with practical wisdom and moral virtue; virtue makes us aim at the right mark and practical wisdom makes us take the right means.
  • Wisdom must be intuitive reason combined with scientific knowledge.

Charles Spurgeon

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

James Surowiecki

surowieckiDiversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

If small groups are included in the decision-making process, then they should be allowed to make decisions. If an organization sets up teams and then uses them for purely advisory purposes, it loses the true advantage that a team has: namely, collective wisdom.

No decision-making system is going to guarantee corporate success. The strategic decisions that corporations have to make are of mind-numbing complexity. But we know that the more power you give a single individual in the face of complexity and uncertainty, the more likely it is that bad decisions will get made.

John Kenneth Galbraith

Because familiarity is such an important test of acceptability, the acceptable ideas have great stability. They are highly predictable. It will be convenient to have a name for the ideas which are esteemed at any time for their acceptability, and it should be a term that emphasizes this predictability. I shall refer to these ideas henceforth as the Conventional Wisdom.

Samuel Johnson

I know not any thing more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation, or to register from time to time the difference between idea and reality. It is by this kind of observation that we grow daily less liable to be disappointed.

Jerry Harkins

Pete Seeger tells a story about a king who asked his wise men to reduce all the world’s knowledge and wisdom to a single book he could use to educate his son. It took them nearly a year and, when they were done, the king challenged them to distill the book down to a single sentence. Five years of intense labor and constant debate followed until, at last, the wise men were able to agree on the sentence, “This too shall pass.” Again the king sent them back to the academy. “Find me,” he commanded, “the single word my son can live by, the irreducible essence of everything we know.” Ten years passed. At length, the sages, old, gray and worn with disputation, returned. “Sire,” said their leader, “the one word at the heart of all wisdom, is ‘maybe.'”



Charles Lindbergh

  • Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values… God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.
  • To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission.
  • In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.
  • Isn’t it strange that we talk least about the things we think about most?
  • Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.
  • It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane.
  • Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible future conquests.