About Solomon Ibn Gabirol:
Solomon ibn Gabirol is believed to have died around 1058 in Valencia.
My friend is he who will tell me my faults in private.
Your secret is your prisoner; once you reveal it, you become its slave.
I am better able to retract what I did not say than what I did.
Plan for this world as if you expect to live forever; but plan for the hereafter as if you expect to die tomorrow.
If you want to keep something concealed from your enemy, don't disclose it to your friend.
As long as a word remains unspoken, you are its master; once you utter it, you are its slave.
One is punished by the very things by which he sins.
Thou hast created me not from necessity but from grace.
A wise man's question contains half the answer.
A man’s mind is hidden in his writings: criticism brings it to light.
There are three types of friends: those like food without which you can't live those like medicine which you need occasionally and those like an illness which you never want.
The Sage was asked to define good manners? to which he replied, To bear patiently the rude ones.
A wise man’s questions contain half the answer.
The test of good manners is to be patient with the bad ones.
Many men hoard for the future husbands of their wives.
Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire.
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 the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings.