Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself.
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.
A wise man does not try to hurry history.
It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.
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.
For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.
Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself.
Self-will in the man who does not reckon wisely is by itself the weakest of all things.
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.
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
A wise man does not chatter with one whose mind is sick.
To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other.
A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance.
There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory.
Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
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.
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.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.
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.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
The one knowing what is profitable, and not the man knowing many things, is wise.
It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man.
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.