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Wise kings generally have wise counselors;
by Diogenes

Wise kings generally have wise counselors;
and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
- Diogenes

Related topics: Wisdom

Man is the most intelligent of the animals -
and the most silly.
- Diogenes

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
- Diogenes

Stand a little less between me and the sun.
- Diogenes

 

A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.
- Diogenes

He has the most who is most content with the least.
- Diogenes

The vine bears three kinds of grapes:
the first of pleasure,
the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.
- Diogenes

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I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side,
that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine,
take from me what you cannot give.
- Diogenes

It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing,
and of godlike men to want little.
- Diogenes

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
- Diogenes

I do not know whether there are gods,
but there ought to be.
- Diogenes

The sun too penetrates into privies,
but is not polluted by them.
- Diogenes

It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.
- Diogenes

I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough.
- Diogenes

I am called a dog because I fawn on those who give me anything,
I yelp at those who refuse, and I set my teeth in rascals.
- Diogenes

Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.
- Diogenes

Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.
- Diogenes

What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.
- Diogenes

The great thieves lead away the little thief.
- Diogenes

Blushing is the color of virtue.
- Diogenes

We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.
- Diogenes

The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.
- Diogenes

It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time
was the most valuable thing that a man could spend.
- Diogenes

Those who have virtue always in their mouths,
and neglect it in practice, are like a harp,
which emits a sound pleasing to others,
while itself is insensible of the music.
- Diogenes

When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers,
man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests
and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.
- Diogenes

As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good
friends or ardent enemies,
for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task.
- Diogenes

The mob is the mother of tyrants.
- Diogenes

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

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

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
- Irish proverb

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere,
while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight.
The truly wise person is colorblind.
- Albert Schweitzer

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question
than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

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

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
- Winston Churchill

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy;
if you lose, you will be wise.
- Anonymous

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

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
- Publilius Syrus

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
- Albert Einstein

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is,
he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
- Helen Keller

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone
what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Every day is a new beginning -
a day for a new plan and new action.
If today, in conscious awareness, you choose
the same plan as yesterday, you are wise.
If you choose a different plan, you are equally wise.
Whatever you choose, choose with intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead

Self-pity is our worst enemy
and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise in this world.
- Helen Keller

A wise girl kisses but doesn't love,
listens but doesn't believe,
and leaves before she is left.
- Marilyn Monroe

Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
- Baltasar Gracian

A word to the wise ain't necessary -
it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
- Bill Cosby

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground,
but a kind word is never thrown away.
- Arthur Helps

Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise,
the amazement of the Gods.
- Plato

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Religion is regarded by the common people as true,
by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to
enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you
to the threshold of your mind.
- Khalil Gibran

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man
are those of bearing and forbearing.
- Epictetus

The more he became truly wise,
the more he distrusted everything he knew.
- Voltaire


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