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When I was a sophomore at USC, I was a socialist, pretty much to the left. But not when I left the university. I quickly got wise. I'd read about what had happened to Russia in 1917 when the Communists took over.
Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.
Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
Charles Caleb Colton
Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.
Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.
The fool wonders, the wise man asks.
Pray thee, spare, thyself at times: for it becomes a wise man sometimes to relax the high pressure of his attention to work.
People can do all kinds of things that maybe aren't wise in hindsight because of jealousy.
Kristin Bauer van Straten
We need to seek wise leaders who will seek common ground among Americans instead of dividing us further for political gain. As citizens, we must embrace those who embrace ideas, thoughtfulness, civility and kindness to others no matter what their political beliefs.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
Henry David Thoreau
He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.
If you young fellows were wise, the devil couldn't do anything to you, but since you aren't wise, you need us who are old.
No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.
God is speaking to us. But are we listening to Him? When our conscience begins to nudge us for whatever reason, we might have this low-level misery or uneasiness about whatever it is we've done or we're about to do. At times like this, it's wise to prayerfully consider whether we're offending God with our actions.
The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
Jean de la Bruyere
It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise.
There can be no wise politics without thought beforehand.
The dead keep their secrets, and in a while we shall be as wise as they - and as taciturn.
Fishing is a hard job. Fishing at night. Rain. Day, night. You have to be wise and smart. And quick.
As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.
There's a certain type of character that you can't help but come in contact with growing up and living in Brooklyn and Long Island. A certain mixture of moxie, heart, and a wise guy sense of humor.
When we looked at the life cycle in our 40s, we looked to old people for wisdom. At 80, though, we look at other 80-year-olds to see who got wise and who not. Lots of old people don't get wise, but you don't get wise unless you age.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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