A Wise Man

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Do not correct a fool, or he will hate you; correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.

1. The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own. Lao Tzu

2. The wise man does not grow old but ripens. Victor Hugo

3. The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability. Chanakya

4. A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can. Michel de Montaigne

5. The wise man does at once what the fool does finally. Niccolo Machiavelli

6. 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. Dwight D. Eisenhower

7. A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain. Samuel Johnson

8. A wise man turns chance into good fortune. Thomas Fuller

9. It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich. Frank Herbert

10. When I was a boy, my own dad told me in a smiling and wistful way that it’s a wise man that knows his own father. Michael Leunig

11. A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether. Roy H. Williams

12. It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man.

13. The secret of the wise man is to learn from the errors of others. Alisson

14. The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. Herbert Spencer

15. A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune, and favor cannot satisfy him. Samuel Johnson

16. A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain. Samuel Johnson

17. 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. Aristotle

18. The foolish man conceives the idea of ‘self.’ The wise man sees there is no ground on which to build the idea of ‘self;’ thus, he has a right conception of the world and well concludes that all compounds amassed by sorrow will be dissolved again, but the truth will remain. Buddha

19. He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus

20. Concentrate your energies, your thoughts, and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket. Andrew Carnegie

21. The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool. Anatole France

22. A wise man turns chance into good fortune. Thomas Fuller

23. It’s a wise man who understands that every day is a new beginning, because boy, how many mistakes do you make in a day? I don’t know about you, but I make plenty. You can’t turn the clock back, so you have to look ahead. Mel Gibson

24. A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Moliere

25. It takes a wise man to handle a lie, a fool had better remain honest. Norman Douglas

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