An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red light... The truly wise person is colorblind.
He is a fool who cannot be angry; but he is a wise man who will not.
It was the saying of a great man that if we could trace our descents, we should find all slaves to come from princes, and all princes from slaves; and fortune has turned all things topsy-turvy in a long series of revolutions; beside, for a man to spend his life in pursuit of a title, that serves only when he dies to furnish out an epitaph, is below a wise man’s business.
No man ever became wise by chance.
Only the wise man is content with what is his. All foolishness suffers the burden of dissatisfaction with itself.
For his entire life he was in the company of wise men and Of all the things beneficial to one’s body, silence is the best. [paraphrase]
A wise man knows his own ignorance; a fool thinks he knows everything.
A good man and a wise man may, at times, be angry with the world, and at times grieved for it; but no man was ever discontented with the world if he did his duty in it.
The gates of wisdom and truth are forever closed to those who are wise in their own conceits; they have always opened before the expectancy of the humble and the teachable. The great need of the religious soul is the capacity to be receptive.
The ignorant man is not onlyh agitated by external causes in many ways, and never enjoys true peace of soul, but lives also ignorant, as it were, both of God an of things, and as soon as he ceases to suffer ceases also to be. On the other hand, the wise man, in so far as he is considered as such, is scarcely ever moved in his mind, but, being concscious by a certain eternal necessity of himself, of God, and of things, never ceases to be, and always enjoys true peace of soul.
A wise man is never less alone than when he is alone.
A wise man should have money in his head, not in his heart.
The latter part of a wise man's life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
A word to the wise is sufficient.
Vain man would trace the mystic maze with foolish wisdom, arguing, charge his God, his balance hold, and guide his angry rod, new-mould the spheres, and mend the skies’ design, and sound th’ immense with his short scanty line. Do thou, my soul, the destined period wait, when God shall solve the dark decrees of fate, His now unequal dispensation clear, and make all wise and beautiful appear.
The wise man knows his wisdom is limited, but the fool thinks he knows everything.
A wise man said, “Most people do not feel bad because they lack wisdom; they feel bad because people say they lack wisdom.”
Too many follow example rather than precept; but it is safer to learn rather from precept than example. Man a wise teacher does not follow his own teaching; for it is easier to say, do this, than to do it. If then I see good doctrine with an evil life, though I pity the last, I will follow the first. Good sayings belong to all; evil actions only to their authors.
When any person of really eminent virtue becomes the object of envy, the clamor and abuse by which he is assailed is but the sign and accompaniment of his success in doing service to the public. And if he is truly a wise man, he will take no more notice of it than the moon does of the howling of the dogs. Her only answer to them is to shine on.