Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
The greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.
In the days of Moses and the prophets such a man would have been counted among the wise men of the land; in the Middle Ages he would have been burned at the stake.
The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
A fool is wise in his eyes.
That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.
When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.
Great deeds give choice of many tales. Choose a slight tale, enrich it large, and then let wise men listen.
A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.
Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
Not houses finely roofed or the stones of walls well builded, nay nor canals and dockyards make the city, but men able to use their opportunity.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.