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Edwin Percy Whipple

The wise men of old have sent most of their morality down to the stream of time in the light skiff of apothegm or epigram; and the proverbs of nations, which embody the common sense of nations, have the brisk concussion of the most sparkling wit.

Character | Common Sense | Light | Men | Morality | Nations | Proverbs | Sense | Time | Wise | Wit | Old |

Arthur Warwick

Too many follow example rather than precept; but it is safer to learn rather from precept than example. Man a wise teacher does not follow his own teaching; for it is easier to say, do this, than to do it. If then I see good doctrine with an evil life, though I pity the last, I will follow the first. Good sayings belong to all; evil actions only to their authors.

Character | Doctrine | Evil | Example | Good | Life | Life | Man | Pity | Precept | Will | Wise | Learn | Teacher |

Hermalaus Barbarus, also Ermalao or Hermalao Barbaro

Fortunately wise is he who gains wisdom from another's mishap.

Wisdom | Wise |

George Dana Boardman "The Younger"

The ignorant man marvels at the exceptional; the wise man marvels at the common; the greatest wonder of all is the regularity of nature.

Man | Nature | Wisdom | Wise | Wonder |

Nathan Bailey

A wise man never wants a weapon.

Man | Wants | Wisdom | Wise |

George Washington Barrow or Barrows

None are too wise to be mistaken, but few are so wisely just as to acknowledge and correct their mistakes, and especially the mistakes of prejudice.

Prejudice | Wisdom | Wise |

Babylonian Talmud

Be wise enough to be silent.

Enough | Wisdom | Wise |

Bible or The Bible or Holy Bible NULL

The mouth of a wise man is in his heart; the heart of a fool is in his mouth.

Heart | Man | Wisdom | Wise |

Hal Borland, formally Harold Glen Borland

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.

Faith | Man | Reason | Time | Universe | Wisdom | Wise |

Jean de La Bruyère

If it be true that a man is rich who wants nothing, a wise man is a very rich man.

Man | Nothing | Wants | Wisdom | Wise |

William Cullen Bryant

Much has been said of the wisdom of old age. Old age is wise, I grant, for itself, but not wise for the community. It is wise in declining new enterprises, for it has not the power nor the time to execute them; wise in shrinking from difficulty, for it has not the strength to overcome it; wise in avoiding danger, for it lacks the faculty of ready and swift action, by which dangers are parried and converted into advantages. But this is not wisdom for mankind at large, by whom new enterprises must be undertaken, dangers met, and difficulties surmounted.

Action | Age | Danger | Difficulty | Mankind | Old age | Power | Strength | Time | Wisdom | Wise | Old |

Jean de La Bruyère

A wise man neither lets himself be governed, nor seeks to govern others; he wishes that reason should govern alone and always.

Man | Reason | Wisdom | Wise | Wishes | Govern |

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

A wise man looks upon men as he does on horses; all their comparisons of title, wealth, and place, he consider but as harness.

Looks | Man | Men | Title | Wealth | Wisdom | Wise |

Miguel de Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa

'Tis the part of a wise man to keep himself for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket.

Man | Tomorrow | Wisdom | Wise |

Richard Francis Burton, fully Sir Richard Francis Burton

A wise man will desire no more than he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly.

Desire | Man | Will | Wisdom | Wise |

John Caldwell Calhoun

If the government should be taught that the highest wisdom of a state is a wise and masterly inactivity, an invaluable blessing will be conferred.

Government | Inactivity | Will | Wisdom | Wise | Government |

Andrew Carnegie

Most of the troubles of humanity are imaginary and should be laughed out of court. It is folly to cross a bridge until you come to it, or to bid the Devil good-morning until you meet him - perfect folly. All is well until the stroke falls, and even then, nine times out of ten, it is not so bad as anticipated. A wise man is the confirmed optimist.

Devil | Folly | Good | Humanity | Man | Troubles | Wisdom | Wise |

William Cartwright

The fool inherits, but the wise must get.

Wisdom | Wise |

William Ellery Channing

The best books for a man are not always those which the wise recommend, but often those which meet the peculiar wants, the natural thirst of his mind, and therefore awaken interest and rivet thought.

Books | Man | Mind | Thought | Wants | Wisdom | Wise |