one cannot love and be wise

Cf. PUBLILIUS SYRUS Sententiae xxii. amare et sapere vix deo conceditur, to love and to be wise is scarcely allowed to God.

c 1527 T. BERTHELET tr. Erasmus’ Sayings of Wise Men B1v To have a sadde [serious] mynde and loue is nat in one person.

1539 R. TAVERNER tr. Erasmus’ Adages II. A5 To be in loue and to be wyse is scase graunted to god.

1612 BACON Essays ‘Of Love’ xii. It is impossible to loue and bee wise.

1631 R. BRATHWAIT English Gentlewoman 32 The Louer is euer blinded..with affection..whence came that vsuall saying One cannot loue and be wise.

1872 G. ELIOT Middlemarch II. III. xxvii. If a man could not love and be wise, surely he could flirt and be wise at the same time?

2005 Hindustan Times 11 Oct. (online) The Delhi High Court last week refused to nullify the marriage of a 15-year-old girl on the ground that she had reached the ‘age of discretion’... That phrases like ‘one cannot love and be wise’..figured in the Delhi HC judgment is bewildering.


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