A wise man knows what he says; a fool says what he knows. Yiddish] A kluger vaist vos er zogt; a nar zogt vos er vaist.
A wise man learns manners from an ill-mannered man.
A wise man likes that best, that is itself; Not that which only seems, though it look fairer. Middleton
A wise man loses nothing, if he but save himself. Montaigne
A wise man may be kind without cost.
A wise man may look ridiculous in the company of fools.
A wise man may sometimes play the fool.
A wise man may sometimes take counsel of a fool.
A wise man needes not blush for changing his purpose. George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum
A wise man neither suffers himself to be governed, nor attempts to govern others. La Bruyère
A wise man never wants a weapon.
A wise man ought not to be ashamed to alter his purpose.
A wise man shall hold his tongue till he sees his opportunity.
A wise man shall overrule his stars, and have a greater influence upon his own content than all the constellations and planets of the firmament. Jeremy Taylor
A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart. Swift
A wise man should never resolve upon anything, at least, never let the world know his resolution, for if he cannot reach that he is ashamed. Selden.
A wise man takes a step at a time; he establishes one foot before he takes up the other: an old place should not be forsaken recklessly. Sanskrit.
A wise man turns chance into good fortune.
A wise man who knows proverbs reconciles difficulties.
A wise man will always be a Christian, because the perfection of wisdom is to know where lies tranquillity of mind and how to attain it, which Christianity teaches. Landor
A wise man will find us to be rogues by our faces. Swift
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. Francis Bacon
A wise man will make tools of what comes to hand.
A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart is at his left. Bible
A wise man's loss is his secret.
A wise man's thoughts walk within him, but a fool's without him.
A wise man's trouble is his secret.
A wise minister would rather preserve peace than gain a victory, because he knows that even the most successful war leaves nations generally more poor, always more profligate, than it found them. Colton
A wise neuter joins with neither, but uses both, as his honest interest leads him. William Penn
A wise physician, skill'd our wounds to heal, Is more than armies to the public weal. Pope
A wise Providence consoles our present afflictions by joys borrowed from the future. Hosea Ballou
A wise scepticism is the first attribute of a good critic. Lowell
A wise son maketh a glad father, but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. Old Testament, Proverbs 15:20
A wiss sich recht azuschmeren. Stellt sich freundlich, schmeichelt sich ein.
A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits. Pope
A Witfrau (Witwe) ist wia a Garten ohne Zaun. Schwäbisch
A withered hermit, fivescore winters worn, might shake off fifty, looking in her eye. Shakespeare
A withered serving-man, a fresh tapster.
A witty writer is like a porcupine; his quill makes no distinction between friend and foe. H. W. Shaw
A wolf in a lamb's skin.
A wolf in sheep's clothing.
A wolfe will never make war against another wolfe. George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum
A wollt mich drankrigha (drankriegen), onns (und das) Kalb koam äarschlich. Österreich-Schlesien Er wollte mich betrügen, aber betrog sich selbst, die Sache kam anders, als er gedacht.
A woman and a cherry are painted for their own harm.
A woman and a glass are ever in danger. George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum
A woman asked a coachman, 'Are you full inside'? Upon which Lamb put his head through the window, and said: 'I am quite full inside; that last piece of pudding at Mr. Gillman's did the business for me. Lamb
A woman can beat the devil.
A woman can keep one secret, - the secret of her age. Voltaire
A woman conceales what shee knowes not. George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum