Many people are capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.
Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.
The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.
In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.
The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.
A large nose is the mark of a witty, courteous, affable, generous and liberal man.
Only as far as a man is happily married to himself is he fit for married life and family life in general.
He was a wise man who invented beer.
A wise man does not try to hurry history.
So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end. There is not a piece of science, but its flank may be turned to-morrow; there is not any literary reputation, not the so-called eternal names of fame, that may not be revised and condemned. The very hopes of man, the thoughts of his heart, the religion of nations, the manners and morals of mankind, are all at the mercy of a new generalization. Generalization is always a new influx of the divinity into the mind. Hence the thrill that attends it.
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 greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention.
Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.
The man who would be a painter must be capable of losing himself in viewing the rich consonance of red and green, in watching the diminution of light as it is transformed into darkness, and in detecting the subtle hues of silks and satins, which according to their breaks, recesses and depths of fold, assume opaline tints, vague luminous gleams and imperceptible shades of blue.
Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.
In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.
I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich.
It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.
It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man.
No man ever became wise by chance.
For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.