Being Wise Quotes

  • 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.

  • A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

  • 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 should have money in his head, but not in his heart.

  • Be wise; soar not too high to fall; but stoop to rise.

  • He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

  • He is wise who knows the sources of knowledge - who knows who has written and where it is to be found.

  • If thou art a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf.

  • I have never been hurt by what I have not said.

  • It is never too late to be wise.

  • It's bad taste to be wise all the time, like being at a perpetual funeral.

  • No mortal man, moreover is wise at all moments.

  • That man is wise to some purpose who gains his wisdom at the expense and from the experience of another.

  • The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

  • The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier.

  • There's a time for daring and there's a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.

  • The truly wise man should have no keeper of his secret but himself.

  • The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.

  • The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

  • The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things.