Wise Quotes

Someone once said that a fool can put on his coat better than a wise man can put it on for him. The implications of that undermine most of the agenda of the political left.

Thomas Sowell

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.

Joseph Addison

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.

Thomas Szasz

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.

Chinese Proverb

He who lives without folly isn’t so wise as he thinks.

FranÁois de La Rochefoucauld

A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.

Kong Fuzi

The wise make proverbs, and fools repeat them.

Isaac Disraeli

A wise man turns chance into good fortune.

Thomas Fuller

Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.

Cato the Elder

Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing

Alexander Pope

A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.

Louis L'Amour

The fool wanders, a wise man travels.

Thomas Fuller

It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter--an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.

Arthur Schopenhauer

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.


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


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