‘Know,’ says a wise writer, the historian of kings, ‘Know the men that are to be trusted’; but how is this to be? The possession of knowledge involves both time and opportunities. Neither of these are ‘handservants at command.’
A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.
Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves.
Some deemed him wondrous wise, and some believed him mad.
Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.
It’s not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.