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

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone.

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) German writer.


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

Buddha (563 BC-483 BC) Founder of Buddhism.

The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher.

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.

George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.

The foolish sayings of a rich man pass for wise ones.

Spanish proverb

If wisdom were on sale in the open market, the stupid would not even ask the price.

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