Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
A truly wise person uses few words; a person with
understanding is even-tempered.
The wise man reads both books and life itself.
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
Death never takes the wise man by surprise; He is always ready to go.
A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
When an argument flares up, the wise man quenches it with silence
Luck never made a man wise.
Money is the wise man's religion
The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.
Adversity makes a man wise, not rich
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is worth more.
There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself.
Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak brain giddy.
It is a wise child that knows his own father
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
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.
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.
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.
Wise men never sit and wail their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms.
A wise man loses nothing, if he but save himself.
It is never wise to slip the bands of discipline.
A wise traveler never despises his own country.