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Howard Jacobson: Wisdom

Howard Jacobson does not feel complimented when someone describes him as 'wise'. He would sooner have understanding, akin to that of Shakespeare.

Howard Jacobson does not feel complimented when someone describes him as "wise". He would sooner have understanding, akin to that of Shakespeare.

"What's wrong with wisdom is it implies stasis, as though our greatest faculties of cognition and intuition are at their journey's end, have attained a peak of complacency from which they gaze down imperturbably on the small vanities of man.".

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A Point of View: Is there any such thing as a wise person?

A Point of View: Is there any such thing as a wise person?

An orgy of Shakespeare celebration is about to occur. The bard can tell us a lot about what it means to be wise, writes Howard Jacobson.

Read Howard Jacobson's article on the BBC News website

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