Ancient wisdom



noun
pre-Christian knowledge, philosophy, and beliefs
Contemporary Examples

When you think of proverbs, you picture expressions of ancient wisdom.
13 Crazy, Dirty Modern Proverbs Fred R. Shapiro May 29, 2012

According to ancient wisdom, forgiveness blesses both those who receive it and those who extend it.
Dr. Gingrich, or How the GOP Learned To Stop Worrying and Love an Adulterer Michael Medved January 21, 2012

I have seen Chinese herbal veterinary medicines whose come-ons tout “ancient wisdom…proven results.”
Financial Crisis Dogs Pet Industry Michael Schaffer February 15, 2009

That was the ancient wisdom which made mass higher education a dreamable dream.
Can Higher Education Really Save Our Humanity? James Poulos January 31, 2014

Historical Examples

And that look he most disliked, that look of ancient wisdom, disillusioned and contemptuous, came into her eyes.
Black Oxen Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

Therefore the ancient wisdom says, “With all thy getting, get understanding.”
The Hidden Power Thomas Troward

A few years ago I had a strange period of deep-delving into ancient wisdom.
She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort

She turned her eyes on him with what he had once called her look of ancient wisdom.
Black Oxen Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

Moral philosophy is discarded, and the maxims of ancient wisdom are unworthy of their notice.
A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence Cornelius Tacitus

Then Jerome, following the ancient wisdom, took Clement and tried him.
The Cloister and the Hearth Charles Reade

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