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William Milne

Contentment furnishes constant joy; much covetousness, constant grief. To the contented, even poverty is joy; to the discontented, even wealth is a vexation.

Character | Contentment | Grief | Joy | Poverty | Wealth |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

We are all of us richer than we think we are; but we are taught to borrow and to beg, and brought up more to make use of what is another’s than our own. Man can in nothing fix and conform himself to his mere necessity. Of pleasure, wealth and power he grasps at more than he can hold; his greediness is incapable of moderation.

Character | Man | Moderation | Necessity | Nothing | Pleasure | Power | Wealth | Think |

Abraham M Myerson

The wise man does not expect consistency or harmony... for he sees that man is a mosaic of characteristics and qualities that only rarely achieve an internal and intrinsic harmony.

Character | Consistency | Harmony | Man | Qualities | Wise |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

In truth, knowledge is a great and very useful quality; those who despise it give evidence enough of their stupidity. But yet I do not set its value at that extreme measure that some attribute to it, like Herillus the philosopher, who placed in it the sovereign good, and held that it was in its power to make us wise and content. That I do not believe, nor what others have said, that knowledge is the mother of all virtue, and all vice is produced by ignorance. If that is true, it is subject to a long interpretation.

Character | Despise | Enough | Evidence | Extreme | Good | Ignorance | Knowledge | Mother | Power | Stupidity | Truth | Virtue | Virtue | Wise | Value | Vice |

Gnaeus Naevius

In extremity, they are wise too late.

Character | Wise |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

A strong imagination begetteth opportunity, say the wise men.

Character | Imagination | Men | Opportunity | Wise |

Ming Sum Paou Keën

Contentment furnishes constant joy. Much covetousness, constant grief. To the contented, even poverty is joy. To the discontented, even wealth is a vexation.

Character | Contentment | Grief | Joy | Poverty | Wealth |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

A wise man loses nothing, if he but save himself.

Character | Man | Nothing | Wise |

José Joaquín de Olmedo, fully José Joaquín de Olmedo y Maruri

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

Character | Man | Wise | Happiness |

William Penn

Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment is the treasurer of a wise man.

Character | Judgment | Knowledge | Man | Wise |

Pliny the Elder, full name Casus Plinius Secundus NULL

The lust of avarice has so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.

Avarice | Character | Lust | Mankind | Wealth |

Publius Syrus

A wise man dreads an enemy, however insignificant.

Character | Enemy | Man | Wise |

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

When fate is adverse, a wise man can always strive for happiness and sail against the wind to attain it.

Character | Fate | Man | Wise | Fate | Happiness |

Publius Syrus

Many receive advice, only the wise profit by it.

Advice | Character | Receive | Wise |