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Gabirol, Solomon Ibn

  • A wise man's question contains half the answer.

  • All men have one entrance into life, and the like going out.

  • And when I was born, I drew in the common air, and fell upon the earth, which is of like nature; and the first voice which I uttered was crying, as all others do.

  • As long as a word remains unspoken, you are its master; once you utter it, you are its slave.

  • As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

  • For a double grief came upon them, and a groaning for the remembrance of things past.

  • I am better able to retract what I did not say... than what I did.

  • If you want to keep something concealed from your enemy, don't disclose it to your friend.

  • Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire.

  • Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings.

  • Many men hoard for the future husbands of their wives.

  • My friend is he who will tell me my faults in private.

  • One is punished by the very things by which he sins.

  • Plan for this world as if you expect to live forever; but plan for the hereafter as if you expect to die tomorrow.

  • The beginning of wisdom is to desire it.

  • The test of good manners is to be patient with the bad ones.

  • Thou hast created me not from necessity but from grace.

  • Your secret is your prisoner; once you reveal it, you become its slave.