Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
The gardener plants trees, not one berry of which he will ever see: and shall not a public man plant laws, institutions, government, in short, under the same conditions?
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.
The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
The one knowing what is profitable, and not the man knowing many things, is wise.
He was a wise man who originated the idea of God.
The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man, but such beings are seldom met with.
Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
There are two contrary impulses which govern this man's brain-the one sane, and the other eccentric. They alternate at regular intervals.
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
It is best for the wise man not to seem wise.
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.
That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.
If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself.
It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.
We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty,to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE.
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.
The wise man does not grow old, but ripens.
It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich.
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.