pearl of wisdom

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pearl of wisdom (plural pearls of wisdom)

  1. (idiomatic, often sarcastic) A succinct, insightful saying, piece of advice, or moral precept.
    • 1908, W. Somerset Maugham, The Magician, ch. 3:
      "I am desolated to lose the pearls of wisdom that habitually fall from your cultivated lips," returned Haddo.
    • 2008, Ivan Speck, "Meet Raymond Domenech, the maddest coach at Euro 2008," Daily Mail Online (UK), 8 Jun. (retrieved 23 June 2008):
      How about this pearl of wisdom after France lost to Scotland again, this time in Paris? He said: "You always lose when your opponents score and you don't."

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used in the plural form.