By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Committing a great truth to memory is admirable; committing it to life is wisdom.

Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.

Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?

Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one.

Everyone is wise until he speaks.

Everything I know I learned after I was thirty.

Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.

Follow then the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving, for they know how to work and forbear.

For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocence, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil: for without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced.

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.

Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser.

He alone is wise who can accommodate himself to all contingencies of life; but the fool contends, and struggling, like a swimmer, against the stream.

He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.

He is no wise man who will quit a certainty for an uncertainty.

He swallowed a lot of wisdom, but all of it seems to have gone down the wrong way.

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.

He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God.

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