Man is always inclined to regard the small circle in which he lives as the center of the world and to make his particular, private lifethe standard of the universe and to make his particular, private life the standard of the universe. But he must give up this vain pretense, this petty provincial way of thinking and judging.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
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.
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.
There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can't move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
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.
In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
What exists outside is a man's concern; let no woman give advice; and do no mischief within doors.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don't need another plaque.
Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them.
Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you.
That a man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.
A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.
Some wisdom you must learn from one who's wise.
The greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention.
Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.
He was a wise man who invented beer.