The essential and defining characteristic of childhood is not the effortless merging of dream and reality, but only alienation. There are no words for childhood’s dark turns and exhalations. A wise child recognizes it and submits to the necessary consequences. A child who counts the cost is a child no longer.

Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we say.


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Sir Francis Bacon

A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her she looks extremely beautiful when her lips are closed.


I’m a wise-ass not a jack-ass.

Rick Castle, Castle

A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.

Marilyn Monroe

You never get wise, you only get older.

Big Indian, The Dandy Warhols

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