The greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention.
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
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.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
There are some persons in this world, who, unable to give better proof of being wise, take a strange delight in showing what they think they have sagaciously read in mankind by uncharitable suspicions of them.
Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.
That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know - and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance.
Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
A fool is wise in his eyes.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter - Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes - A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out.
For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.