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A man's ruin lies in his tongue.
A sage has one advantage; he is immortal. If this is not his century, many others will be.
A wise man always throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interests than it is theirs to find his weak point.
A wise man, to accomplish his end, may even carry his foe on his shoulder.
Ah, men do not know how much strength is in poise, That he goes the farthest who goes far enough.
I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.
It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
Knowledge can be communicated but not wisdom.
Le raison avant la passion - Reason over passion.
Let my heart be wise. It is the gods' best gift.
Never since the time of Copernicus have so many experts been so wrong so often with so little humility.
Night is the mother of counsels.
Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.
The more specific you are, the more general it'll be.
The number of people who will not go to a show they do not want to see is unlimited.
The question of commonsense is always "what is it good for?" - a question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage.
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified the concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind.
Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
Wisdom comes alone through suffering.
The road to wisdom? Well, it's plain And simple to express: Err And err And err again But less And less And less.
A wise man hears one word and understands two.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Through wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established.
Great men are not always wise.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
Not to know certain things is a great part of wisdom.
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
A word to the wise is infuriating.
The wise only possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.
Learning passes for wisdom among those who want both.
It is not wise to be wiser than is necessary.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.
A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stovelid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
All human wisdom is summed up in two words - wait and hope.
It's taken me all my life to understand that it is not necessary to understand everything.
What a man knows at fifty that he did not know at twenty is for the most part incommunicable.
Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.
Deliberate often - decide once.
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
In much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
The wise have a solid sense of silence and the ability to keep a storehouse of secrets. Their capacity and character are respected.
My father used to say: Son, if you are not bright, you've got to be methodical, (defusing argument when challenged and proved right)
Everyone whose deeds are more than his wisdom, his wisdom endures. And everyone whose wisdom is more than his deeds, his wisdom does not endure.


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