Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
The lust of fame is the last that a wise man shakes off.
The man who is completely wise and virtuous has no need of glory, except so far as it disposes and eases his way to action by the greater trust that it procures him.
Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots.
When an argument flares up, the wise man quenches it with silence.
Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people in order to betray them.
It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.
A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.
A wise man turns chance into good fortune.
The wise make proverbs, and fools repeat them.
A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.
He who lives without folly isn’t so wise as he thinks.
The fool's mind wanders, the wise mind wonders.
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.
Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.
The truly generous is the truly wise, and he who loves not others, lives unblest.
The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep
It is wise to disclose what cannot be concealed.
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise
Words are the counters of wise men, and the money of fools
The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear
Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed
Who needs astrology? The wise man gets by on fortune cookies.