Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion.
Even wisdom has to yield to self-interest.
If God is slow in answering your request, or if you ask but do not promptly receive anything, do not be upset, for you are not wiser than God.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.
Time is the wisest of all things that are; for it brings everything to light.
Wisdom comes alone through suffering.
Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others.
As for him who envies or even fears us (and envied and feared great powers must always be), and who on this account wishes Syracuse to be humbled to teach us a lesson, but would still have her survive in the interest of his own security, the wish that he indulges is not humanly possible. A man can control his own desires but he cannot likewise control circumstances; and in the event of his calculations proving mistaken, he may live to bewail his own misfortune, and wish to be again envying my prosperity. An idle wish, if he now sacrifice us and refuse to take his share of perils which are the same in reality, though not in name, for him as for us; what is nominally the preservation of our power being really his own salvation.
For those who have an intense urge for Spirit and wisdom, it sits near them, waiting
In peace, as a wise man, he should make suitable preparation for war.