Wise Quotes

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... The truly wise person is color-blind.

Albert Schweitzer

The truly generous is the truly wise, and he who loves not others, lives unblest

Henry Home

Who combats bravely is not therefore brave, He dreads a death-bed like the meanest slave: Who reasons wisely is not therefore wise, - His pride in reasoning, not in acting lies

Alexander Pope

Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.

Baltasar Gracian

A wise traveler never despises his own country.

William Hazlitt

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

Benjamin Franklin

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Benjamin Franklin

It is never wise to slip the bands of discipline.

Lewis Wallace

A wise man loses nothing, if he but save himself.

Michael Eyquen de Montaigne

Wise men never sit and wail their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms.

William Shakespeare

Be happy. It's one way of being wise.

Sidonie Gabrielle

Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.

Henry Mencken

The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, but the least practised, is to study and learn how to know ourselves. This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good. . . . God, Nature, the wise, the world, preach man, exhort him both by word and deed to the study of himself.

Pierre Charron

Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.

Warren G. Bennis

Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.

Alphonse de Lamartine

A word to the wise is enough, and many words won't fill a bushel.

Benjamin Franklin

Life is given for wisdom, and yet we are not wise; for goodness, and we are not good; for overcoming evil, and evil remains; for patience and sympathy and love, and yet we are fretful and hard and weak and selfish. We are keyed not to attainment, but to the struggle toward it.

T. T. Munger

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.


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

No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.

Henry Miller

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations.

Isaac D'Israeli

The conqueror is regarded with awe; the wise man commands our respect; but it is only the benevolent man that wins our affection

William Dean Howells

A horse can lend its rider the speed and strength he or she lacks, but the rider who is wise remembers it is no more than a loan.

Pam Brown

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.


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