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Only the wise know just where predestination ends and free will begins. Meanwhile, you must keep on doing your best, according to your own clearest understanding. you must long for freedom as the drowning man longs for air. Without sincere longing, you will never find God.
We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.
Wise men argue causes; fools decide them.
A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls forth faith rather than reason.
Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals.
As a father, I believe that involving children in sports at a young age is generally, a wise proposition. I believe that healthy competition is... well... healthy; that sporting events foster a spirit of teamwork that far surpasses the events themselves; and that active participation keeps children moving and is good for their self-esteem.
He that is not handsome at 20, nor strong at 30, nor rich at 40, nor wise at 50, will never be handsome, strong, rich or wise.
The world is neither wise nor just, but it makes up for all its folly and injustice by being damnably sentimental.
Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
Charles Caleb Colton
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.
Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.
There is no one thoroughly despicable. We cannot descend much lower than an idiot; and an idiot has some advantages over a wise man.
It is never wise to discourage youthful idealism.
It is easy to dismiss the world as 'irrelevant,' or consumed by 'paranoid anti-Americanism,' but perhaps not wise.
That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture!
Most human beings have enough sense to know that if they work in a city that has a serious smog problem, it's wise to either stay indoors or at least wear a mask that will filter out the poison. But cigarette smokers have their own little concentrated toxic smog pack that they don't avoid.
The care of a wise and good man for his only son is inferior to the regard of the great Parent of the universe for his creatures.
A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.
When we become a really mature, grown-up, wise society, we will put teachers at the center of the community, where they belong. We don't honor them enough, we don't pay them enough.
Why should I ask the wise men: Whence is my beginning? I am busy with the thought: Where will be my end?
A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out.
A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.
C. S. Lewis
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