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It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The foolish man conceives the idea of 'self.' The wise man sees there is no ground on which to build the idea of 'self;' thus, he has a right conception of the world and well concludes that all compounds amassed by sorrow will be dissolved again, but the truth will remain.
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
A smart man only believes half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half.
He was a wise man who invented beer.
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.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
It is impossible to love and to be wise.
Who is the wise man? He who sees what's going to be born.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
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.
Quick condemnation of all that is not ours, of views with which we disagree, of ideas that do not attract us, is the sign of a narrow mind, of an uncultivated intelligence. Bigotry is always ignorant, and the wise boy, who will become the wise man, tries to understand and to see the truth in ideas with which he does not agree.
Ignoring fame was my rebellion, in a funny way. I was insistent on being normal and doing normal things. It probably wasn't advisable to go to college in America and room with a complete stranger. And it probably wasn't wise to share a bathroom with eight other people in a coed dorm. Looking back, that was crazy.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
J. R. R. Tolkien
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
H. G. Wells
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.
Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins.
Wise to resolve, and patient to perform.
The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.
The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
C. S. Lewis
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