He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
He was a wise man who said: “As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”
One great difference between a wise man and a fool is, the former only wishes for what he may possibly obtain; the latter desires impossibilities.
Wisdom and beauty are the twin arches of that invisible bridge which leads from the individual conscience – ever rebellious against its destiny – to man’s collective conscience, ever in search of general progress.
Obstinacy is the strength of the weak. Firmness founded upon principle, upon truth and right, order and law, duty and generosity, is the obstinacy of sages.
The wise man never initiates any action.
Much of the wisdom of one age is the folly of the next.
Wisdom alone is true ambition’s aim Wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame, Obtained with labour, for mankind employed, And then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
He whose fear of sin takes precedence over his wisdom, his wisdom will endure; but he whose wisdom takes precedence over his fear of sin, his wisdom will not endure… He whose works exceed his wisdom, his wisdom will endure; but he whose wisdom exceeds his works, his wisdom will not endure.