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Re: Pearls of Wisdom

Posted by Bob on April 25, 2000

In Reply to: Pearls of Wisdom posted by Frankie on April 25, 2000

: What does this mean?

Since biblical times (and probably before) pearls have been associated with high value and small size, goods best appreciated by a discerning audience (thus the waste of "pearls before swine.") It follows that aphorisms, adages, admonitions, and other nuggets of sage advice would be characterized as pearls.(Excite's Thought Fod the Day today was a quote from Nabakov: "Prophesy is the wit of the fool," which is pretty pearl-ish in my book.) The term is also used sarcastically to denigrate any superficial, banal or simply wrong-headed opinion that conflicts with our own predispositions.