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Solomon Ibn Gabirol
1021 - 1058
Nationality: Spanish
Category: Poet
Subcategory: Spanish Poet

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.


The beginning of wisdom is to desire it.


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

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


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


A wise man's question contains half the answer.


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


Thou hast created me not from necessity but from grace.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Many men hoard for the future husbands of their wives.


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


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