The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.
It is best for the wise man not to seem wise.
The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion. It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider - and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation -.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.
The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.
The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
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.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
Who is the wise man? He who sees what's going to be born.
It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich.
A wise man does not try to hurry history.
The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.
A decision once taken brings peace to a man's mind and eases his soul.
What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
A man's mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower.
No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind.
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.
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.
A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages.? Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his.? In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.