A wise man does not chatter with one whose mind is sick.
Applicants for wisdom do what I have done: inquire within.
He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.
Do not test out your mind on the grounds that you are examining what seductive and impure thoughts look like, imagining that, as you do this, you will not be overcome by them. Even the wise have in this way been thrown into confusion and become infatuated.
A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.
But how should women perform so wise and glorious an achievement, we women who dwell in the retirement of the household, clad in diaphanous garments of yellow silk and long flowing gowns, decked out with flowers and shod with dainty little slippers?
It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results.
Not to discuss with a man worthy of conversation is to waste the man. To discuss with a man not worthy of conversation is to waste words. The wise waste neither men nor words.
The famous Lucius Cassius, whom the Roman people used to regard as a very
honest and wise judge, was in the habit of asking, time and again, ‘To
There is no happiness where there is no wisdom…
When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.
Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.