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    Now the two primal Spirits, who reveal themselves in vision as Twins, are the Better and the Bad, in thought and word and action. Between these two the wise ones chose aright; the foolish not so.
    — Zoroaster
    tags: thoughts  action  bad  wise  spirit  vision 
     
    You should not be too much of a purist in your way of life, for you need to be able to accept all that is foul. You should not be too clear in making distinctions in social interactions, for you need to accept everyone whether they are good or bad, wise or foolish.
    — Zicheng Hong
    tags: bad  wise 
     
    I learned over the years never to correct a fool or he will hate you; correct a wise man, and he will appreciate you.
    — Ziad K. Abdelnour
    tags: men  hate  wise  appreciate  year  fools 
     
    I'm strong because I know my weaknesses. I'm wise because I've been foolish. I laugh because I've known sadness.
    — Ziad K. Abdelnour
    tags: sadness  weakness  strong  wise 
     
    Those who are skilled in combat do notbecome angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win.
    — Zhuge Liang
    tags: fight  winning  wise  afraid 
     
    The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.
    — Zhuangzi
    tags: men  world  wise 
     
    My description of wisdom has nothing to do with benevolence and righteousness, it is to do with being wise in one's own virtue, nothing more. My description of being has nothing to do with benevolence and righteousness, it is that one should be led by one's innate nature, nothing more.
    — Zhuangzi
    tags: nature  virtue  wise  wisdom 
     
    Heaven is in everything: follow the light, hide in the cloudiness and begin in what is. Do this and your understanding will be like not understanding and your wisdom will be like not being wise. By not being wise you will become wise later.
    — Zhuangzi
    A person is both wise and wealthy when you master the art of appreciating what you already have.
    — Zelig Pliskin
    tags: people  master  wise 
     
    I think in a play it's wise to just sit back and watch other actors and be able to shape it from the audience.
    — Zach Braff
    tags: wise 
     
    Answers make you wise, but questions make you human.
    — Yves Montand
    tags: human  questions  wise 
     
    You can be very wild and still be very wise
    — Yoko Ono
    tags: wild  wise 
     
    Philosophers of genius, children, and the people are equally wise - because they ask equally foolish questions. Foolish to a civilized man who has a well-furnished European apartment with an excellent toilet and a well-furnished dogma.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man.
    — Xenophanes
    tags: men  wise 
     
    No wise man ever took a handgun to a gun fight.
    — Wyatt Earp
    tags: men  fight  wise 
     
    To be free is not necessarily to be wise. Wisdom comes with counsel, with the frank and free conference of untrammeled men united in the common interest.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: men  wise  wisdom 
     
    Great! I've written something stupid, but I haven't signed a contract with anyone to produce solely wise and perfect works. I gave vent to my stupidity...and here I am, reborn.
    — Witold Gombrowicz
    tags: work  wise 
     
    Final cut is overrated. Only fools keep insisting on always having the final word. The wise swallow their pride in order to get to the best possible cut.
    — Wim Wenders
    tags: wise  pride  fools 
     
    It is never wise to try to appear to be more clever than you are. It is sometimes wise to appear slightly less so.
    — William Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw
    tags: wise 
     
    Be cold, sober, wise, circumspect. Keep yourself low by the ground avoiding high questions. Expound the Law truly and open the veil of Moses to condemn all flesh and prove all men sinners, and set at broach the mercy of our Lord Jesus, and let wounded consciences drink of Him.
    — William Tyndale
    Fate is the friend of the good, the guide of the wise, the tyrant of the foolish, the enemy of the bad.
    — William Rounseville Alger
    tags: enemies  fate  friends  bad  enemy  wise 
     
    The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: wise  wisdom 
     
    The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things.
    — William Ralph Inge
    tags: men  value  wise 
     
    The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head. Often the best part of your work will have nothing to do with potions and powders, but with the exercise of an influence of the strong upon the weak, of the righteous upon the wicked, of the wise upon the foolish.
    — William Osler
    A man is sane morally at thirty, rich mentally at forty, wise spiritually at fifty-or never!
    — William Osler
    tags: men  wise 
     
    Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
    — William Osler
    tags: thoughts  speech  wise 
     
    Forgetfulness of grief I yet may gain;In some wise may come ending to my pain;It may be yet the Gods will have me glad!Yet, Love, I would that thee and pain I had!
    — William Morris
    tags: pain  grief  god  wise 
     
    It is a kind and wise arrangement of Providence that weaves our sorrows into the elements of character and that all the disappointments, and conflicts, and afflictions of life may, if rightly used, become the means of improvement, and create in us the sinews of strength.... the dross is left in the crucible, the baser metals are transmuted, and the character is enriched with gold.
    — William Morley Punshon
    Generally a wise actor will be very careful about the person to whom he gives that power.
    — William Mapother
    tags: people  power  wise 
     
    What all the wise men promised has not happened and what all the dammed fools said would happen has come to pass.
    — William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
    tags: men  wise  fools 
     
    I think it is a wise course for laborers to unite to defend their interests.... I think the employer who declines to deal with organized labor and to recognize it as a proper element in the settlement of wage controversies is behind the times.... Of course, when organized labor permits itself to sympathize with violent methods or undue duress, it is not entitled to our sympathy.
    — William Howard Taft
    tags: time  wise  violent 
     
    I don't think a wise thing at this moment is for Israel to launch a military attack on Iran.
    — William Hague
    tags: moment  military  wise 
     
    Yet we are constantly annoyed, and the legislatures are kept constantly busy, by the people who have made up their minds that it is wise and conducive to happiness to live in a certain way, and who want to compel everybody else to live in their way.
    — William Graham Sumner
    tags: happiness  people  live  wise  mind 
     
    Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.
    — William Golding
    The trouble was, if you were a chief you had to think, you had to be wise.
    — William Golding
    tags: wise 
     
    Make men wise, and by that very operation you make them free. Civil liberty follows as a consequence of this; no usurped power can stand against the artillery of opinion.
    — William Godwin
    The wise man is satisfied with nothing.
    — William Godwin
    tags: men  wise 
     
    The wise man seeks little joys, knowing that life is long and that his quota of great joys is distinctly limited.
    — William Feather
    tags: men  joy  knowing  wise 
     
    The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations.
    — William Feather
    tags: experience  age  saying  wise  wisdom 
     
    Living is one constant and perpetual instant when the arras-veil before what-is-to-be hangs docile and even glad to the lightest naked thrust if we had dared, were brave enough (not wise enough: no wisdom needed here) to make the rending gash.
    — William Faulkner
    tags: living  wise  wisdom 
     
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