Spanish Jewish Talmudic Scholar, Andalusian Hebrew Poet and Philosopher
"It was asked of the sage, In what one virtue are all the rest comprised? Patience, was his answer. And in what single vice are all the others concentrated? Vindictiveness."
"The fool imputes his faults to others, the wise man confesses his, the righteous avoids either."
"The space of a needle's eye suffices for two friends, while the universe itself is not wide enough for two enemies."
"The wise will remain serene in the face of trouble... Wisdom leads to tranquillity, gold and silver to anxiety... Tranquillity is the summit of felicity."
"Cast not pearls to the swine, for they are valueless to them; intrust not wisdom to him who seeks it not, for he is inferior to the brute, and wisdom is more precious than pearls."
"Man in pursuit of worldly gain may be compared to a thirsty man within reach of briny waters: the more he drinks, the thirstier he is."
"Man is wise only while in search of wisdom; when he imagines he has attained it, he is a fool."
"The exhortation of the wise, unaccompanied by practice, falls on the heart as rain on stone; and he whose words are at variance with his deeds disgraces himself; hence, words which come not from the heart can never penetrate the ear."
"The height of intellect is distinguishing between the real and the impossible, and submission to what is beyond one's power."
"There is no distinction between Thy divinity, Thy unity, Thy eternity, and Thy existence; for it is all one mystery."