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Solomon ibn Gabirol Quotes





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.
 

Faith is the summit of the Torah.
 

I am better able to retract what I did not say than what I did.
[Able]
 

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.
 

What is the test of good manners? Being able to bear patiently with bad ones.
 

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