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.
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.
I learned over the years never to correct a fool or he will hate you; correct a wise man, and he will appreciate you.
I'm strong because I know my weaknesses. I'm wise because I've been foolish. I laugh because I've known sadness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A person is both wise and wealthy when you master the art of appreciating what you already have.
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.
Answers make you wise, but questions make you human.
You can be very wild and still be very 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.
It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man.
No wise man ever took a handgun to a gun fight.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
A man is sane morally at thirty, rich mentally at forty, wise spiritually at fifty-or never!
Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
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!
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.
Generally a wise actor will be very careful about the person to whom he gives that power.
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
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.
I don't think a wise thing at this moment is for Israel to launch a military attack on Iran.
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.
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.
The trouble was, if you were a chief you had to think, you had to be 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.
The wise man is satisfied with nothing.
The wise man seeks little joys, knowing that life is long and that his quota of great joys is distinctly limited.
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.
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.