A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Death never takes the wise man by surprise; he is always ready to go.
Jean de La Fontaine (1621 - 1695)
Defer not till to-morrow to be wise,
To-morrow's sun to thee may never rise.
William Congreve (1670 - 1729)
From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.
Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)
If one is too lazy to think, too vain to do a thing badly, too cowardly to admit it, one will never attain wisdom.
Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)
It is a point of wisdom to be silent when occasion requires, and better than to speak, though never so well.
Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
William Cowper (1731 - 1800)
Not by years but by disposition is wisdom acquired.
The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
Compiled by Ude Nnenne