In extremity, they are wise too late.
What is good” I asked in a musing mood. Order, said the law court; Knowledge said the school; Truth, said the wise man; Pleasure, said the fool; Love, said the maiden; Beauty, said the sage. Fame, said the soldier; Equity, said the seer. Spoke my heart sadly: “The answer is not here.” then within my bosom softly this I heard: “Each heart holds the secret: Kindness is the word.”
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.
Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment is the treasurer of a wise man.
One wise thought is better than many hands.
A word to the wise is enough.
A wise man dreads an enemy, however insignificant.
Many receive advice, only the wise profit by it.
When you love you are not wise: when you are wise you do not love.
A fool's heart is in his tongue; but a wise man's tongue is in his heart.
Gaze not on beauty too much, lest it blast thee; nor too long, lest it blind thee; nor too near, lest it burn thee. If thou like it, it deceives thee; if thou love it, it disturbs thee; if thou hunt after it, it destroys thee. If virtue accompany it, it is the heart’s paradise; if vice associate it, it is the soul’s purgatory. It is the wise man’s bonfire, and the fool’s furnace.
The fountain of beauty is the heart, and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber. If virtue accompanies beauty it is the heart's paradise; if vice be associate with it, it is the soul's purgatory. It is the wise man's bonfire, and the fools furnace.
It is not wise to be wiser than is necessary.
True purity of taste is a quality of the mind; it is a feeling which can, with little difficulty, be acquired by the refinement of intelligence; whereas purity of manners is the result of wise habits, in which all the interests of the soul are mingled and in harmony with the progress of intelligence. That is why the harmony of good taste and of good manners is more common than the existence of taste without manners, or of manners without taste.
A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the full value of time and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
The man who has never made a fool of himself in love will never be wise in love.
The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skilled direct it.
When fate is adverse, a wise man can always strive for happiness and sail against the wind to attain it.
The wise man thinks about his troubles only when there is some purpose in doing so; at other times he thinks about other things.
I grew up among wise man and found that there is nothing better for man than silence. Knowledge is not the main thing, but deeds.