I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.
None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.
Henry David Thoreau
Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.
The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are all fools when one wise man appears.
Orson Scott Card
He is no wise man that will quit a certainty for an uncertainty
Be neither silly, nor cunning, but wise.
He who is looking for wisdom is already wise; and he who thinks that he has found wisdom is a stupid man.
To let friendship die away by negligence and silence, is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of this weary pilgrimage.
Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.
A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
Wise men talk because they have something to say fools, because they have to say something.
Be wise as a serpent and wary as a dove!
He was a wise man who invented beer.
Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
A man is a golden impossibility. The line he must walk is a hair's breadth. The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.
The wise man thinks about his troubles only when there is some purpose in doing so; at other times he thinks about other things.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
A very wise man once told me that you can't look back-you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.