Wise Quotes

Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise... specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine.

Allan Bloom

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

Authority intoxicates, And makes mere sots of magistrates; The fumes of it invade the brain, And make men giddy, proud and vain: By this the fool commands the wise, The noble-with the base complies, The sot assumes the rule of wit, And cowards make t

Samuel Butler

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

Francis Bacon

The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear.

Confucius

Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.

Homer Odyssey

At the gates of the forest, the surprised man of the world is forced to leave his city estimates of great and small, wise and foolish. The knapsack of custom falls off his back.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some are weather-wise, some are otherwise

Benjamin Franklin

Legislation†can neither be wise nor just which seeks the welfare of a single interest at the expense and to the injury of many and varied interests.

Andrew Johnson

Three things a wise man will not trust, The wind, the sunshine of an April day, And woman's plighted faith.

Robert Southey

A wise man shall overrule his stars, and have a greater influence upon his own content than all the constellations and planets of the firmament.

Jeremy Taylor

A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.

Henri B. Stendhal

A wise neuter joins with neither, but uses both, as his honest interest leads him.

William Penn

Life is a festival only to the wise.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Etiquette is the invention of wise men to keep fools at a distance.

Sir Richard Steele

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