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The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability.
Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... the truly wise person is colorblind.
I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
Edgar Allan Poe
Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.
Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
It's a wise man who understands that every day is a new beginning, because boy, how many mistakes do you make in a day? I don't know about you, but I make plenty. You can't turn the clock back, so you have to look ahead.
All who have taken it upon themselves to rule over others have incurred hatred and unpopularity for a time; but if one has a great aim to pursue, this burden of envy must be accepted, and it is wise to accept it.
Be wise; soar not too high to fall; but stoop to rise.
At Athens, wise men propose, and fools dispose.
Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
Women desire six things: They want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife, and lively in bed.
You are wise, witty and wonderful, but you spend too much time reading this sort of stuff.
A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.
Beauty makes idiots sad and wise men merry.
George Jean Nathan
A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.
All parents hope and pray that their children will make wise decisions. Children who are obedient and responsible bring to their parents unending pride and satisfaction.
James E. Faust
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
I'm not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it's like relaxing into - and an acceptance of - things.
A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
C. S. Lewis
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