A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.
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.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
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.
I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise.
A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.
Some wisdom you must learn from one who's wise.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
The wisest of the wise may err.
I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.
To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.
Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.
If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.
I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge.
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
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.
There's good and bad in everybody. I wasn't looking for the good, or looking for the bad. This is a man who signed his pact with the devil 20 years ago, and he's learned to live with it. He's tried to protect his family from it.
The philosophical point of view of the average man - if that term may be applied to his naive realism - has a claim to the highest consideration.
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.