Subjects — W
We cannot advance without new experiments in living, but no wise man tries every day what he has proved wrong the day before.
To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.
Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life.
He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
Is there anyone wise enough to learn from other people’s experience?
Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know — and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. It is better to know — even if the knowledge endures only for the moment that comes before destruction — than to gain eternal life at the price of a dull and swinish lack of comprehension of a universe that swirls unseen before us in all its wonder. That was the choice of Achilles, and it is mine, too.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocency, 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.
Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.