Category: wisdom

The castle of true 

wisdom is guarded by moats 

of pure paradox. 

—Red Leaf Haiku by © John Clark Helzer

“A man asked me to write to Rome about him, a man who, as most people thought, had been unfortunate, for formerly he was a man of rank and rich, but had been stripped of all, and was living here. I wrote on his behalf in a submissive manner; but when he had read the letter, he gave it back to me and said, “I wished for your help, not your pity: no evil has happened to me.”

Epictetus Selections from Discourses

“What do you think that Hercules would have been if there had not been such a lion, and hydra, and stag, and boar, and unjust and bestial men, whom Hercules used to drive away? And what would he have been doing? Is it not plain that he would have wrapped himself up and slept? In the first place, then, he would not have been Hercules, when he was dreaming away all his life in such luxury and ease.”

Epictetus Selections from Discourses

“Through this kinship with the flesh, some of us become like wolves, faithless and treacherous and mischievous; some become like lions, savage and bestial and untamed; but the greater part of us become foxes. For what else is a slanderer and a malignant man than a fox, or some other more wretched and meaner animal? See then and take care that you do not become one of these miserable things.”

Epictetus Selections from Discourses

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, & the world around us.” – Socrates

“We shouldn’t regard anyone as a lover of knowledge or wisdom who complains about what he studies.” – Plato

“It is true and always will be true that virtue is the highest wisdom.” – Soren Kierkegaard

“There is no happiness where there is no wisdom.” – Sophocles

“All men now live through too much, and think through too little.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde