Who would succeed in the world should be wise in the use of his pronouns. Utter the You twenty times, where you utter the I.
Democracy is predicated not on faith in man but on the conviction... that no man is good enough or wise enough to be entrusted with irresponsible power over his fellow-men.
Such is the nature of men that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned, yet they will hardly believe they may be many so wise as themselves.
Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them; but they are the money of fools.
It is harder to avoid censure than to gain applause; for this may be done by one great or wise action in an age. But to escape censure a man must pass his whole life without saying or doing one ill or foolish thing.
It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man clever enough not to.
The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.
The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things.
The ignorant man takes counsel of the stars; but the wise man takes counsel of God, who made the stars.
A wise man is never surprised.
Every man wishes to be wise, and they who cannot be wise are almost always cunning.
No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
A wise man will select his books, for he would not wish to class them all under the sacred name of friends. Some can be accepted only as acquaintances. The best books of all kinds are taken to the heart, and cherished as his most precious possessions. Others to be chatted with for a time, to spend a few pleasant hours with and laid aside, but not forgotten.
The wise man is wise because he understands his ignorance... The wise are not learned; the learned are not wise.
Who, in the midst of just provocation to anger, instantly finds the fit word which settles all around him in silence is more than wise or just; he is, were he a beggar, of more than royal blood, he is of celestial descent.
A wise man reflects before he speaks. A fool speaks, and then reflects on what he has uttered.
The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opponents than from his fervent supporters. For his supporters will push him to disaster unless his opponents show him where the dangers are. So if he is wise he will often pray to be delivered from his friends, because they will ruin him. But though it hurts, he ought also to pray never to be left without opponents; for they keep him on the path of reason and good sense.
Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered, from the time of the seven sages of Greece to that of poor Richard, have prevented a single foolish action.
To-morrow I will live, the fool does say; to-day itself's too late; the wise man lived yesterday.
Knowledge is acquired by study and observation, but wisdom cometh by opportunity of leisure; the ripest thought comes from the mind which is not always on the stretch, but fed, at times, by a wise passiveness.