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Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise. Cato The Elder, historian
  • Wisdom

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own. Lao Tzu, philosopher
  • generosity

You are creating through your choices, even now. Choose wisely. Bryant H. McGill, poet
  • choice

The good are not worried, the wise are not confused, and the brave are not afraid. Confucius, philosopher
  • brave

Give more than is expected. Love more than seems wise. Serve more than seems necessary. Help more than is asked. Cory Booker, senator
  • necessary

Even a fool knows you can't touch the stars, but it doesn't stop a wise man from trying. Harry Anderson, actor
  • trying

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. Publilius Syrus, writer
  • wisdom

Wise men make more opportunities than they find. Francis Bacon, philosopher
  • wisdom

I'm not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it's like relaxing into - and an acceptance of - things. Tina Turner, musician
  • acceptance

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. Joseph Addison, writer
  • success

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses. William Arthur Ward, writer
  • anger

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth. Voltaire, writer
  • astrology

The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence. Herodotus, historian
  • hateful

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish. Albert Einstein, physicist
  • equality

He whose wisdom cannot help him, gets no good from being wise. Quintus Ennius, poet
  • being

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. Plato, philosopher
  • fools

Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket. Andrew Carnegie, businessman
  • basket

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. Aesop, author
  • wisdom

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. Albert Einstein, physicist
  • person

He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin. Horace, poet
  • begin

A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men. Plato, philosopher
  • accomplished

In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self. William Penn, leader
  • beauty

We must first pray, that God would make us wise; before we can wish, he would make us happy. Joseph Hall, clergyman
  • first

A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain. Samuel Johnson, author
  • forgive

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
  • learning

Be happy. It's one way of being wise. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, novelist
  • wisdom

As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds. Buddha, leader
  • wisdom

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin. Jay Leno, comedian
  • christmas

The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions. Claude Levi-Strauss, scientist
  • answers

A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat. Louis L'Amour, author
  • defeat

Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men. Douglas Bader, soldier
  • fools

It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results. Sun Tzu, philosopher
  • achieve

You ask: what is the meaning or purpose of life? I can only answer with another question: do you think we are wise enough to read God's mind? Freeman Dyson, physicist
  • another

Some folks are wise and some are otherwise. Tobias Smollett, writer
  • wisdom

The hallway of every man's life is paced with pictures; pictures gay and pictures gloomy, all useful, for if we be wise, we can learn from them a richer and braver way to live. Sean O'Casey, playwright
  • braver

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... the truly wise person is colorblind. Albert Schweitzer, theologian
  • colorblind

Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself. Horace, poet
  • command

The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. Herbert Spencer, philosopher
  • future

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman
  • wisdom

He was a wise man who invented beer. Plato, philosopher
  • beer

It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see. Winston Churchill, statesman
  • ahead

Nothing does more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise. Francis Bacon, philosopher
  • cunning

Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent. Napoleon Hill, writer
  • benefit

He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty. Mary Wilson Little, writer
  • wisdom

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. Dwight D. Eisenhower, president
  • brave

Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish. Quintilian, educator
  • among

At Athens, wise men propose, and fools dispose. Alcuin, clergyman
  • athens

In quiet moments when you think about it, you recognize what is critically important in life and what isn't. Be wise and don't let good things crowd out those that are essential. Richard G. Scott, clergyman
  • critically

Care more than others think wise. Howard Schultz, businessman
  • care

A foolish man takes offense when it isn't meant. A wise man learns not to take offense when it is. Sayings,
  • offense

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man. Euripides, poet
  • acknowledge

How do you know antiquity was foolish? How do you know the present is wise? Who made it foolish? Who made it wise? Francois Rabelais, clergyman
  • antiquity

It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods. H. L. Mencken, writer
  • imagination

Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head. Ambrose Bierce, journalist
  • cabbage

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. Khalil Gibran, poet
  • wisdom

No man was ever wise by chance. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman
  • wisdom

A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance. Gian Carlo Menotti, composer
  • approximate

The fool does think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole France, novelist
  • fool

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent. Buddha, leader
  • death

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. Heinrich Heine, poet
  • eloquence

Wise anger is like fire from a flint: there is great ado to get it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately. Edward Everett Hale, clergyman
  • ado

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise. H. G. Wells, author
  • sad

At times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time. Ovid, poet
  • delay

Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred. Jean De La Fontaine, poet
  • dangerous

All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man. Henry David Thoreau, author
  • wisdom

A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer
  • advantageous

Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others? Voltaire, writer
  • anyone

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. Lao Tzu, philosopher
  • enlightened

There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool. Diogenes of Sinope, philosopher
  • between

The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live. Aristotle, philosopher
  • cares

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool. Epicurus, philosopher
  • fool

I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution. Andrew Carnegie, businessman
  • begin

Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive. Wilbur Wright, inventor
  • become

Sad and sweet and wise Here a child reposes; Dust is on his eyes, Quietly he lies - Satan, strew Roses. Robert Williams Buchanan, poet
  • child

Yet with great toil all that I can attain by long experience, and in learned schools, is for to know my knowledge is but vain, and those that think them wise, are greatest fools. William Alexander,
  • attain

Even a fool knows you can't touch the stars, but it won't keep the wise from trying. Harry Anderson, actor
  • fool

For if the mystery concealed of old is made manifest to the Apostles through the prophetic writings, and if the prophets, being wise men, understood what proceeded from their own mouths, then the prophets knew what was made manifest to the Apostles. Origen, theologian
  • apostles

I trust that everything happens for a reason, even if we are not wise enough to see it. Oprah Winfrey, entertainer
  • enough

A wise man should so write (though in words understood by all men) that wise men only should be able to commend him. Thomas Hobbes, philosopher
  • able

Women are not so well united as to form an Insurrection. They are for the most part wise enough to love their Chains, and to discern how becomingly they fit. Mary Astell, writer
  • chains

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise. Alden Nowlan, poet
  • adolescent

I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise. John Keats, poet
  • definition

Every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches. David Hume, philosopher
  • abound

The best books for a man are not always those which the wise recommend, but often those which meet the peculiar wants, the natural thirst of his mind, and therefore awaken interest and rivet thought. William Ellery Channing, writer
  • awaken

I didn't lead a very wise life, myself, but it was a full one and a grown-up one. You come of age very quickly through shipwreck and disaster. Philip Dunne,
  • age

Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins. Thomas Aquinas, theologian
  • acts

Chinese are wise in comprehending without many words what is inevitable and inescapable and therefore only to be borne. Pearl S. Buck, novelist
  • borne

We never can tell how our lives may work to the account of the general good, and we are not wise enough to know if we have fulfilled our mission or not. Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards,
  • account

The only question which any wise man can ask himself, and which any honest man will ask himself, is whether a doctrine is true or false. Thomas Huxley, scientist
  • ask

I believe that President Clinton considered the legal merits of the arguments for the pardon as he understood them, and he rendered his judgment, wise or unwise, on the merits. John Podesta, lawyer
  • believe

The Biblical world view sees Earth and its ecosystems as the effect of a wise God's creation and... therefore robust, resilient, and self-regulating, like the product of any good engineer. Christopher Monckton, politician
  • creation

He that will write well in any tongue, must follow this counsel of Aristotle, to speak as the common people do, to think as wise men do: and so should every man understand him, and the judgment of wise men allow him. Roger Ascham, writer
  • allow

I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life. Sonia Sotomayor, judge
  • conclusion

Sotomayor's vainglorious lecture bromide about herself as "a wise Latina" trumping white men is a vulgar embarrassment - a vestige of the bad old days of male-bashing feminism. Camille Paglia, author
  • bad

I'd like to be wise. You have to go through a lot to get there, but I'm willing to go through a lot. Nicole Kidman, actress
  • through

I'm not trying to sound like I turned into some kind of wise man, but it's nice to realize that your little pocket of the world isn't the whole world. Chris Kattan, comedian
  • kind

Currently, I'm working with a company called DRL Promotions with my partners Dan Wise and Luis De Cubas. We're currently representing over 30 fighters. Roberto Duran, athlete
  • called

Your fans, they count on you to make wise decisions and wise choices. That's why they're your fan base. If you continually let them down, they're going to go find someone else to be fans of. Ludacris, musician
  • base

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual. Frank Herbert, writer
  • among

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course. William Shakespeare, dramatist
  • adversity

The wise man reads both books and life itself. Lin Yutang, author
  • books

Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority. William Arthur Ward, writer
  • business

Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author? Philip Gilbert Hamerton, artist
  • attention

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action. Thomas B. Macaulay, historian
  • wisdom

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. Theodore Roosevelt, president
  • wisdom

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare, dramatist
  • fool

It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich. Frank Herbert, writer
  • contented

It is impossible to love and to be wise. Francis Bacon, philosopher
  • wisdom

Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise. Paul Engle, poet
  • knowing

Politics, like theater, is one of those things where you've got to be wise enough to know when to leave. Richard Lamm, politician
  • enough

The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous. But neither, in my experience, do we ever reach a plane of detachment regarding our parents, however wise and old we may become. To pretend otherwise is to cheat. John Le Carre, writer
  • become

Libraries keep the records on behalf of all humanity. the unique and the absurd, the wise and the fragments of stupidity. Vartan Gregorian, educator
  • absurd

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him. Samuel Johnson, author
  • aim

That which is not, shall never be; that which is, shall never cease to be. To the wise, these truths are self-evident. William Hazlitt, critic
  • cease

Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both; this is an observation of the Middle Way. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman
  • beyond

As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish. Demosthenes, statesman
  • cracked

The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve. Buddha, leader
  • fashioned

Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise. Samuel Johnson, author
  • apply

A wise traveler never despises his own country. William Hazlitt, critic
  • travel

It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse. William Hazlitt, critic
  • travel

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it - thou art a fool. Lord Chesterfield, statesman
  • wisdom

When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange - my youth. Sara Teasdale, author
  • wisdom

Call him wise whose actions, words, and steps are all a clear because to a clear why. Sara Teasdale, author
  • actions

He was a wise man who originated the idea of God. Euripides, poet
  • god

In Greece wise men speak and fools decide. George Santayana, philosopher
  • decide

Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well. Andre Breton, poet
  • arts

The wisest of the wise may err. Aeschylus, poet
  • err

A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart. Jonathan Swift, writer
  • money

We are wiser than we know. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
  • wiser

Recently I heard a 'wise guy' story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It's an interesting story, but I don't know twenty-five men I'd want to invite ta a party. Joan Crawford, actress
  • guy

Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late. Benjamin Franklin, politician
  • late

A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman
  • angry

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. Anne Morrow Lindbergh, writer
  • added

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. Benjamin Franklin, politician
  • content

A wise government knows how to enforce with temper, or to conciliate with dignity. George Grenville, statesman
  • dignity

The wise become as the unwise in the enchanted chambers of Power, whose lamps make every face the same colour. Walter Savage Landor, poet
  • become

We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom. Michel de Montaigne, philosopher
  • knowledge

It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. Roger Babson, educator
  • failure

Education, n.: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. Ambrose Bierce, journalist
  • education

A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice. Bill Cosby, comedian
  • funny

The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman
  • asks

Who knows for what we live, and struggle, and die? Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom. Alan Paton, novelist
  • beyond

Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge. Sun Tzu, philosopher
  • achievements

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends. Baltasar Gracian, philosopher
  • fool

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. Thomas Szasz, psychologist
  • forget

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right. Helen Keller, author
  • dull

'Tis better to be fortunate than wise. John Webster, playwright
  • fortunate

The way to get on in the world is to be neither more nor less wise, neither better nor worse than your neighbours. William Hazlitt, critic
  • neighbours

I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. Edgar Allan Poe, poet
  • active

Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know - and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. Isaac Asimov, scientist
  • knowledge


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