Wise words

“LIFE is a verb.” Buckminster Fuller

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“Life is very short And there’s no time for fighting and fussing my friends.” The Beatles

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“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Never let the weeds get higher Than the garden.” Tom Waits”

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My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn.” Louis Adamic

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“Have as your goal to do your best and to make a difference. We are in the world to make a difference, and everything we do changes the world.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The greatest thing in the world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Once the mind has been stretched by a new idea, it will never again return to its original size.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

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“I do not know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer

“The lot of the many is to have as a profession, for the earning of their living and the satisfaction of society’s claim on them, a more or less soulless labor in which they can give out little or nothing of their human qualities, because in that labor they have to be little better than human machines. ;Yet no one finds himself in the position of having no possible opportunity of giving himself to others as a human being. …No fate can prevent a man from giving to others this direct human service side by side with his lifework. If so much of such service remains unrealized, it is because the opportunities are missed.” Albert Schweitzer

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“The trick is what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” Carlos Castaneda

“Was it something I will see in the future” I asked? There’s no future!” he exclaimed cuttingly. The future is only a way of talking. For a sorcerer there is only the here and now.” Carlos Castaneda

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“The worst prison would be a closed heart.” Pope John Paul II

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“In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.” Charlie Brown

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“There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business from there.” Colonel Sanders

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“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection: Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Where the mind is lead forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action– Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.” Rabindranath Tagore

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“God admires us not for what we do but for how much love we put into what we do. Together let us build a chain of love around the world.” Mother Teresa

“In the developed countries there is a poverty of intimacy, a poverty of spirit, of loneliness, of lack of love. There is no greater sickness in the world today than that one.” Mother Teresa

“We cannot all do great things.But we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

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“The idea is that you have to WIN and be nonviolent You’ve got to be nonviolent – and you’ve got to win with nonviolence.” Cesar Chavez

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“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where — “ said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “ — so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation. “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.” Alice in Wonderland

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“Intellectuals try not to drown, while the whole purpose of love is drowning.” Rumi

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“As selfishness and complaint pervert cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.” Helen Keller

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“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure.” John Lennon

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“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love”. …Martin L. King, Jr.

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“The more I study the world,The more I am convinced of the inability of Brute force to create anything durable.” Napoleon Bonaparte

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“Many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” William James

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“Breathe when you breathe, Walk where you walk. talk when you talk, cry when you cry, die when you die, let go when you let go…” Allen Ginsberg

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“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow-men; along those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” Herman Melville

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“The recognition of the life of every man as sacred is the first and only basis of all ethics. War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves.” Leo Tolstoy

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“Life is not the result of the evolution of matter. Life is of another kind. Matter alone can’t produce life. I look to nature and to the Spirit who is living in everything.” Marc Deneyer

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“What is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a possession for all eternity.” Oscar Wilde

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“To be completely honest with oneself is the very best effort a human being can make.” Sigmund Freud

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“I have learnt through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmuted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmuted into a power which can move the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

“An Eye for an Eye makes the whole world blind.” Mahatma Gandhi

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“Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.” George Gurdjieff

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“Eliminate the impossible and whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Sherlock Holmes

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“The Internet is a vibration of where we’re going now. Welcome to the next millennium – you’ve got to get on it or you’re going to be like the dinosaur.” Carlos Santana

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“Only the vigilant can maintain their liberties, and only those who are constantly and intelligently on the spot can hope to govern themselves effectively by democratic procedures. A society, most of whose members spend a great part of their time, not on the spot, not here and now and in the calculable future, but somewhere else, in the irrelevant other worlds of sport and soap opera, of mythology and metaphysical fantasy, will find it hard to resist the encroachments of those who would manipulate and control it.” Aldous Huxley

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“Through his power to survey his life, man can transcend the immediate events which determine him. Whether he has tuberculosis or is a slave like the Roman philosopher Epictetus or a prisoner condemned to death, he can still in his freedom choose how he will relate to these facts. And how he relates to a merciless realistic fact like death can be more important for him than the fact of death itself. “ Rollo May

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“You cannot separate the just from the unjust and the good from the wicked; For they stand together before the face of the sun even as the black thread and the white are woven together. And when the black thread breaks, the weaver shall look into the whole cloth, and he shall examine the loom also.” Kahlil Gibran

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“There can be no justice when laws are absolute. Life itself is an exercise in exceptions.” Jean-Luc Picard

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“For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Wisdom Quotations

Wisdom is being true to ourinner self – thus bringing harmony and peace into our lives. It’s discovering a new idea or solution that meetseveryone’s needs. Wisdom is also honoring people and caring about their rights. It isreflected in the courtesy with which we treat others. Enjoy the following wisdom.

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Quotes & Proverbs

African Proverbs

Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

When the heart acts, the body is its slave.

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Arabic Proverbs

A sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to our steps as we walk the tightrope of life.

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Avesta

Doing good to others is not a duty—it is a joy, for it increases your own health and happiness.

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Azerbaijani Proverbs

Laughter is the remedy for 1001 illnesses.

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Black Elk

Grown men can learn from very little children—for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show them many things that older people miss.

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David Brinkley

People have the illusion that all over the world, all the time, all kinds of fantastic things are happening; when in fact, over most of the world, most of the time, nothing is happening.

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Buddha

Surely if living creatures saw the results of all their evil deeds, they would turn away from them in disgust. But selfhood blinds them, and they cling to their obnoxious desires. …

Thus they continue to move in the coil and can find no escape from the hell of their own making. And how empty are their pleasures, how vain are their endeavors!—hollow like the plantain-tree, and without contents like the bubble.

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George Burns

I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.

Everyday happiness means getting up in the morning, and you can’t wait to finish your breakfast. You can’t wait to do your exercises. You can’t wait to put on your clothes. You can’t wait to get out. And you can’t wait to come home, because the soup is hot.

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Leo Buscaglia

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which has the potential to turn a life around.

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Julius Caesar

Men willingly believe what they wish to be true.

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Miguel De Cervantes

It requires a long time to know anyone.

You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch is in his throne.

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Nicolas Chamfort

The most wasted of all days is one where you did not once laugh.

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Cherokee Proverbs

Don’t allow yesterday to spend up too much of today.

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Chinese Proverbs

A pure heart has few desires.

Listening well is as powerful as talking well, and is also as essential to true conversation.

Cheat your conscience, and a whole life’s happiness is destroyed.

Close to a blacksmith, learn to hammer out nails; close to a carpenter, learn how to use a saw.

The melon seller does not announce, “Bitter melons.”

Solve one problem, and you keep a hundred others away.

Some study shows the need for more.

It is easier to visit friends than to live with them.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.

In a group of many words, there is bound to be a mistake.

When economy goes south, people get political.

The people sitting in the free theatre seats are the first ones to boo.

To know another is not to know that person’s face, but to know that person’s heart.

He who has never been cheated cannot be a good businessman.

Of all female qualities, a warm heart is the most valuable.

All things change, and we change with them.

Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.

Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.

Married couples tell each other a thousand things without speech.

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Frank A. Clark

Modern man is frantically trying to earn enough to buy things he’s too busy to enjoy.

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Calvin Coolidge

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.

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Confucius

Rather than caring about whether or not you are known, strive to be worth knowing.

I used to listen to what others said, and expect them to act accordingly. But nowadays, I listen to what they say, and then observe what they do.

Tzu Hsia said to Confucius, “What do you think of Yen Hui?”

Confucius said, “Yen Hui has compassion—more than I do.”

“And Tzu Kung?”

“Tzu Kung is a better speaker than I am.”

“And Tzu Lu?”

“Tzu Lu is incredibly brave—much more than I am.”

“And Tzu Chang?”

“Tzu Chang he can keep dignity better than I can.”

Tzu Hsia then remarked, “So how come all four of them study under you?”

Confucius said, “Sit down and let me tell you. Yen Hui is compassionate, but is also inflexible about it. Tzu Kung is a great speaker, but he does not know when to stop talking. Tzu Lu is very brave, but he lacks prudence. Tzu Chang is very dignified, but unpleasant in social interaction.

“Even if I could, I would not exahnge their virtues for my own. And that is why they are intent on learning from me.”

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Congo

He who does not like chattering woman will remain a bachelor.

If you are too modest, you will go hungry.

The teeth are smiling, but is the heart?

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Cowboy Proverbs

Never ask a barber if he thinks yuh need a haircut.

After weeks of beans and taters, even a change to taters and beans is good.

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Frank H. Crane

You often get a better hold upon a problem by going away from it for a time and dismissing it from your mind altogether.

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Croatian Proverbs

It is easy for someone to talk about fasting when he has a full belly.

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Cuban Proverbs

Every head is a world.

Brief encounters can result in long relationships.

When money talks, everyone else is silent.

How can you trust anyone who doesn’t know how to blush?

Life is short; but it barely takes a second to smile.

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Danish Proverbs

Many a man labors for the day he will never live to see.

Many a man is a good friend but a bad neighbor.

Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.

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Dominican Proverbs

A rainbow would be considered even more beautiful if it weren’t free.

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Dutch Proverbs / Holland / Netherlands

He who is outside his door already has a major part of his journey behind him.

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Thomas Alva Edison

I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.

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Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

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Kaibara Ekken

We should not blindly regard all we has heard as true, reject what others say merely because they disagree, or be stubborn and refuse to admit mistakes.

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TS Eliot

Humankind cannot stand very much reality.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone. The tradesman, the attorney comes out of the din and craft of the street, and sees the sky and wood, and is a man again. In their eternal calm, he finds himself.

To be great is to be misunderstood.

Peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding.

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English Proverbs

Half the world does not know how the other half lives.

He that is warm thinks all are so.

A change is as good as a rest.

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Epictetus

No man is free who is not master of himself.

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Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don’t care for.

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Estonian Proverbs

The work will teach you how to do it.

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Euripides

The same man cannot be well skilled in everything. Each has his own special excellence.

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French Proverbs

One-half of the world laughs at the other half.

No dish pleases all palates alike.

Life is half spent before one knows what life is.

A hundred years of idleness are not worth one hour well employed.

Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.

Remember that everyone you ever meet is sure to fear something, to love something, and to have lost something.

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Sonya Friedman

Don’t count on others to hand your life to you.

No matter what you do in life, someone important to you isn’t going to like it.

Some people are not capable of giving you what you’re trying to get from them.

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Gabonese Proverbs

Bad friends will prevent you from having good friends.

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Emile Henry Gauvreau

I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don’t want to buy things they don’t need to impress people they dislike.

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Georgian Proverbs

Whomever I love is the most beautiful.

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German Proverbs

To change and to change for the better are two different things.

Who is healthy and free is rich.

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Ghanaian Proverbs

The tongue kills a man and the tongue saves a man.

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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

If you want to get pleasure out of life, you must attach value to the world.

I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wants.

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Vincent Van Gogh

I am seeking, I am striving, I am in with all my heart.

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Greek Proverbs

Many pupils have gained more wealth than their masters.

One minute of patience can result in ten years of peace.

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Francesco Guicciardini

…Keep your eye fixed not so much on what they [people] ought in reason to do, as on what they are likely to do based on their disposition and habits.

Even though many people prove to be ungrateful, do not let that stop you from benefiting others—for not only is beneficence in itself a noble and almost divine quality, it may also happen that while you practice it, you will encounter someone so grateful that he will make up for all the others’ ingratitude.

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Hebrew / Jewish / Israeli Proverbs

Don’t trust someone who tells you all of his troubles and keeps you from all of his joys.

There is no book that contains absolutely nothing bad, and there is no book that contains absolutely nothing good.

A good son-in-law is like the acquisition of a new son; a bad one is like the loss of your daughter.

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Han Fei Tzu

He who trusts others can be manipulated by others.

By looking at a person’s features, clothing, and speech, even Confucius would not be able to say what sort of a person he is. But by testing him in a position and seeing what he he does, even someone with so-so judgment would be able to know if he is wise or not.

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Hannibal

We will either find a way, or make one.

Many things which nature makes difficult become easy to the man who uses his brains.

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Lorraine Hansberry

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.

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Napoleon Hill

It is a well known fact that one comes, finally, to BELIEVE whatever one repeats to one’s self, whether the statement be true or false.

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Hillel

… And in a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.

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Hindustani / Hindu Proverbs

Diet cures more than the surgical knife.

No one can be a totally fair judge in his own case.

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Hopi Proverbs

Don’t be afraid to weep—it will free your mind from sad thoughts.

You must live your life from start to finish; no one can do it for you.

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Hsun Tzu

The starting point of wisdom must be to consider the desires necessary, but to guide them. …

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Kin Hubbard

The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them.

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Henrik Ibsen

Rob the average man of his life-illusion and you rob him also of his happiness.

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Icelandic Proverbs

A sitting crow starves.

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Iranian / Persian Proverbs

It takes ten pounds of common sense to carry one pound of learning.

The way a house is decorated will tell much about its owner.

Don’t just take love—experience it.

Only a heart can find the way to another heart.

The elephant dreams of one thing, and the elephant driver dreams of another.

I used to complain because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.

A quality statement often gets no answer.

A greedy man is always poor.

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Iraqi Proverbs

All authors should prepare to encounter criticism.

Sometimes you must sacrifice your beard in order to save your head.

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Irish Proverbs

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures in the doctor’s book.

No time for your health today, no health for your time tomorrow.

Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children make a home.

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Isibhasiya

The greatest and supreme science among sciences is the study that frees man from all kinds of miseries.

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Italian Proverbs

All the brains are not in one head.

The person who enjoys good health is rich, even if he doesn’t know it.

Beware of the person with nothing to lose.

As soon as a new law is made, a way around it is devised.

The remedy is often worse than the disease.

Yes and no rule the world.

To the person who watches, everything reveals itself.

Preventing someone from falling is better than helping him get up.

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William James

The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated

Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.

We must make automatic and habitual, as early as possible, as many useful actions as we can

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the “as if” technique.

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Japanese Proverbs

A few kind words can warm three winter months.

Time spent laughing is time spent with the kami [gods].

Character can be built on daily routine.

It’s better to lie a little than to be unhappy.

Man cannot reach perfection in a hundred years; he can fall in a day with time to spare.

The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.

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Jesus

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

So let your light so shine before people, that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in Heaven.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

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Samuel Johnson

We have less reason to be surprised or offended when we find others differ from us in opinion, because we very often differ from ourselves.

Every man has something to do which he neglects; every man has faults to conquer which he delays to combat.

The best teachers of humanity are the lives of great men.

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Chief Joseph

I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more.

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Carl Jung

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

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Kashmir Proverbs

The healthy person experiences a healthy world.

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Helen Keller

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and [just] because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

People who have a stake in their society protect that society—but when they don’t have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it.

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Tom Kite

Discipline and concentration are a matter of being interested.

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Korean Proverbs

Put something off for one day, and ten days will pass.

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La Fontaine

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.

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Francois duc de La Rochefoucauld

We rarely ever perceive others as sensible, except for those who agree with us.

A man often believes himself leader when he is led; as his mind endeavors to reach one goal, his heart insensibly drags him towards another.

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Tom Landry

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.

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Lao Tzu

Take [preventive] action before things happen. Establish order before disorder has begun.

The tree that fills the arms grows from a small sprout. The tower of nine levels starts with a heap of dirt. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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Christian D. Larson

The average person is full of artificial desires, desires that have been suggested by what other people possess or require.

Happiness, however, is not the result of any one single cause. It is the result of many ideal states of being grouped together into one harmonious whole. …

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Johann Kaspar Lavater

He who has not forgiven an enemy has not yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.

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Lebanese Proverbs

If anyone is not willing to accept your point of view, try to see his point of view.

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Libyan Proverbs

Each trip gives you its own uniqueness.

If everyone thought the same way, no goods would ever be sold.

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Macedonian Proverbs

If my neighbor is happy, my own work will go easier, too.

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Nelson Mandela

To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

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Orison Swett Marden

The trouble with us is that we expect too much from the great happenings, the unusual things, and we overlook the common flowers on the path of life, from which we might abstract sweets, comforts, delights.

Real happiness is so simple that most people do not recognize it. It is derived from the simplest, the quietest, the most unpretentious things in the world.

If we get the good that belongs to us here and now, we must extract the sweetness of each passing minute while it is ours. That is the real art of living in the today.

Play is as necessary to the perfect development of a child as sunshine is to the perfect development of a plant.

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Olin Miller

You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.

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Mongolian Proverbs

It is easier to catch an escaped horse than to take back an escaped word.

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Michel de Montaigne

The most universal quality is diversity.

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Nepalese Proverbs

Opportunities come, but do not linger.

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New Zealander Proverbs (incl. Maori)

Take time to enjoy life’s roses.

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Friedrich Nietzsche

In every real man, there is a child that wants to play.

The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.

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Nigerian Proverbs

Being happy in one’s home is better than being a chief.

You know who you love, but you can’t know who loves you.

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Okinawan Proverbs

Even if you hide yourself from the world, don’t lose sight of your real nature.

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Omaha Proverbs

It is easy to show braveness from a safe distance.

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Blaise Pascal

The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things.

It is the heart that experiences God, and not the reason.

We are all something, but none of us are everything

Kind words do not cost much; yet they accomplish much.

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Perfect Liberty Kyodan Precepts

At every moment, man stands at the crossroads of good and evil.

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Philippine / Filipino / Tagalog Proverbs

If you like what you are doing, nothing is too far and no job is too hard.

The child who is given everything he asks for usually won’t succeed in life.

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Portuguese (Portugal) Proverbs

Not much can be done when everyone is giving orders.

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Puerto Rican Proverbs

What might not happen in a year might happen in an instant.

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John D. Rockefeller

The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee…and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.

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Roma / Rom / Gypsy Proverbs

The journey is just as important as the destination.

We are all wanders of this earth; our hearts are full of wonder and our souls are full of dreams.

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Romanian Proverbs

Without other people’s companionship, even paradise would be an unlikable place.

Chooses a wife to please yourself, not others.

The eyes have one language everywhere.

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Rumi

The satiated man and the hungry man do not see the same thing when they look at a loaf of bread.

Your mission isn’t to look for love, but simply to search and locate the barriers within you that have formed against it.

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John Ruskin

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

Tell me what you like and I’ll tell you what you are.

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Russian Proverbs

A person never gets tired working for himself.

You can get used to anything—even hell.

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Rwandan Proverbs

In the birds’ court, a cockroach never wins his case.

Work is good, as long as you don’t forget to live.

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I Samuel

…Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

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Samurai Proverbs

Control your emotion or it will control you.

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Sauk Proverbs

You cannot purchase friendship—you have to do your part to make it.

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Scottish / Scotch

Please yourself and you’ll please somebody.

Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead.

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Serbian & Montenegrin Proverbs

Complain to someone who can help you.

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William Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own self be true…

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Sioux Proverbs

When a man moves from nature, his heart becomes hard.

True peace between nations will only happen when there is true peace within people’s souls.

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Emmitt Smith

Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.

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Spanish Proverbs

Every season brings its joy.

Talking about bulls is not the same thing as being in the bullring.

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Sylvester Stallone

If you’re gonna be a failure, at least be one at something you enjoy

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Swedish Proverbs

Shared joy is double joy.

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Publilius Syrus

We are interested in others when they are interested in us.

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Taiwanese Proverbs

A husband and wife often fight intensely at one moment and then kiss intensely at the next moment.

A beautiful person might not have a beautiful life.

Some prefer liquor, others prefer tofu, and some even like rotten salmon.

Greed will cause pain.

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Talmud

If your business does not prosper in one town, try another.

Cold water, morning and evening, is better than all the cosmetics.

There is a great difference between him who is ashamed before his own self, and him who is only ashamed before others.

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Tanzanian Proverbs

Little by little, a little becomes a lot.

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson

‘Tis better to have loved and lost

Than never to have loved at all.

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Terence

It is possible for someone to be changed so much by love that he will hardly be recognized as being the same person.

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Mother Teresa

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.

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Thai Proverbs

The sweetness of food doesn’t last long, but the sweetness of good words do.

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Henry David Thoreau

To the sick the doctors wisely recommend a change of air and scenery.

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Tibetan Proverbs

Who can say for sure that one will live to see tomorrow?

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Paul Tournier

Most illnesses do not, as is generally thought, come like a bolt out of the blue. The ground is prepared for years through faulty diet, intemperance, overwork, and moral conflicts, slowly eroding the subject’s vitality.

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Tunisian Proverbs

Everyone lives—the person with one coat, the person with two, and even the person with none.

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Turkish Proverbs

One eats while another watches—that is how revolutions are begun.

Death is a black camel that lies down at every door. Sooner or later you must ride the camel.

If you search for a faultless woman, you will remain a bachelor.

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Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

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Uighur Proverbs

If the boss is full, no one will care if the slave is hungry.

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Ugandan Proverbs

The laughter of a child is the light of a house.

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Uttaradhyayana Sutra

One should acquire valuable knowledge, and avoid what is worthless.

Victory over one’s self is greater than conquering thousands and thousands of enemies on the battlefield. A true conqueror is he who conquers his own self.

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Vietnamese Proverbs

The buffalo that arrives late will have to drink muddy water and eat dry grass.

When you eat, it’s vegetables; when you’re sick, it’s medicine.

It’s better to have lots of children than to have lots of material goods.

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Voltaire

Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.

I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

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William Arthur Ward

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

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Oprah Winfrey

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.

If you live in the past and allow the past to define who you are, then you never grow.

What I have learned in my life and work is that the more I am able to be myself, the more it enables other people to be themselves.

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John Wooden

When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens—and when it happens, it lasts.

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Toshio Yasaka

Whenever a man says he is great, he is thinking of the past, and this is not good. A man should continue to express himself. The true Self exists moment by moment, and the challenge of PL is ever leading us forward to a more artistic life.

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Yiddish Proverbs

Health comes before making a livelihood.

If one soldier understood the thoughts of another, there would be no wars.

Cold strengthens you more than hunger.

A penny saved is a penny earned, but sometimes a penny is better spent than saved.

When brains are needed, brawn won’t help.

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Unknown

A friend is a person with whom you dare to be yourself

Friendships multiply joys and divide griefs.

A friend that you buy with presents will be bought from you.

For one rich man that is content there are a hundred who are not.

It is good pride to desire to be the best of men.

Sickness is felt, but health not at all.

Sickness will spoil the happiness of an emperor, as well as mine.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Man had perished long ago, had it not been for public spirited persons.

We too often love things and use people, when we should be using things and loving people.

Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

This, or any moment, may be your last.

International Proverbs

A bad cause requires many words.

German Proverb

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

Arab Proverb

A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush.

English Proverb

A broken hand works, but not a broken heart.

Persian Proverb

A cat has nine lives.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

A clear conscience is a soft pillow.

German Proverb

A close friend can become a close enemy.

Ethiopian Proverb

A closed mouth catches no flies.

Italian Proverb

A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.

German Proverb

A courtyard common to all will be swept by none.

Chinese Proverb

A dimple on the chin, the devil within.

Gaelic Proverb

A dog is wiser than a woman; it does not bark at its master.

Russian Proverb

A drink precedes a story.

Irish Proverb

A drowning man is not troubled by rain.

Persian Proverb

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

William Blake “Proverbs of Hell” (1790)

A forest is in an acorn.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

A friend in need is a friend indeed

English Proverb

A friend’s eye is a good mirror.

Irish Proverb

A good denial, the best point in law.

Irish Proverb

A good husband is healthy and absent.

Japanese Proverb

A hard beginning maketh a good ending.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

A healthy man is a successful man.

French Proverb

A hedge between keeps friendship green.

French Proverb

A hen is heavy when carried far.

Irish Proverb

A hound’s food is in its legs.

Irish Proverb

A house without a dog or a cat is the house of a scoundrel.

Portuguese Proverb

A hungry man is an angry man.

English Proverb

A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots on.

French Proverb

A little too late, is much too late.

German Proverb

A loan though old is not gift.

Hungarian Proverb

A lock is better than suspicion.

Irish Proverb

A man does not seek his luck, luck seeks its man.

Turkish Proverb

A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal.

Yiddish Proverb

A man may well bring a horse to the water, but he cannot make him drink.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity.

Yiddish Proverb

A monkey never thinks her baby’s ugly.

Haitian Proverb

A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows all the corners.

Irish Proverb

A penny for your thoughts.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

A penny saved is a penny gained.

Scottish Proverb

A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands.

English Proverb

A prudent man does not make the goat his gardener.

Hungarian Proverb

A rumor goes in one ear and out many mouths.

Chinese proverb

A silent mouth is melodious.

Irish Proverb

A single Russian hair outweighs half a Pole.

Traditional Russian Saying

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Greek Proverb

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Bible – Proverbs 15:1.

A son is a son till he gets him a wife,

But a daughter’s a daughter the rest of your life.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom.

Welsh Proverb

A table is not blessed if it has fed no scholars.

Yiddish Proverb

A teacher is better than two books.

German Proverb

A thief believes everybody steals.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.

Chinese proverb

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

French Proverb

A trade not properly learned is an enemy.

Irish Proverb

A tree falls the way it leans.

Bulgarian Proverb

A white Christmas fills the churchyard.

French Proverb

A wise man hears one word and understands two.

Yiddish Proverb

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.

Chinese Proverb

A woman has the form of an angel, the heart of a serpent, and the mind of an ass.

German Proverb

A worthy woman is far more precious than jewels, strength and dignity are her clothing.

Bible – Proverbs 31

Act in the valley so that you need not fear those who stand on the hill.

Danish Proverb

Advice should be viewed from behind.

Swedish Proverb

Advice when most needed is least heeded.

English Proverb

After shaking hands with a Greek, count your fingers.

Albanian Saying

Age is honorable and youth is noble.

Irish Proverb

All is well that ends well.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

All things grow with time, except grief.

Yiddish Proverb

An angry man is not fit to pray.

Yiddish Proverb

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

An ass in Germany is a professor in Rome .

Traditional German Saying

An enemy will agree, but a friend will argue.

Russian Proverb

An Englishman will burn his bed to catch a flea.

Turkish Proverb

An ox remains an ox, even if driven to Vienna .

Hungarian Proverb

And old rat is a brave rat.

French Proverb

Anger can be an expensive luxury.

Italian Proverb

Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp’s nest.

Malabar Proverb

Anger without power is folly.

German Proverb

Appetite comes with eating.

French Proverb

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Bible – Proverbs 26:11

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

Bible – Proverbs 23:7

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Bible – Proverbs 25:25.

As mad as a March hare.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

As proud as a peacock.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

As sluttish and slatternly as an Irishwoman bred in France .

Traditional Irish Saying

As the best wine makes the sharpest vinegar, the truest lover may turn into the worst enemy.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

As the big hound is, so will the pup be.

Irish Proverb

As we live, so we learn.

Yiddish Proverb

Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.

Irish Proverb

Beggars shouldn’t be choosers.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

Better give a penny then lend twenty.

Italian Proverb

Better late than never.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

Better no doctor at all than three.

Polish Proverb

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know.

English Proverb

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Chinese Proverb

Better wear out shoes than sheets.

Scottish Proverb

Between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

Beware of a silent dog and still water.

German Proverb

Black as hell, strong as death, sweet as love. (About coffee.)

Turkish proverb

Blood is thicker than water.

English Proverb (17th Century)

Both your friend and your enemy think you will never die.

Irish Proverb

Butter would not melt in her mouth.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

Indian Proverb

Children are poor men’s riches.

English Proverb

Children should be seen and not heard.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.

English Proverb.

Choose neither a woman nor linen by candlelight.

Italian Proverb

Climb mountains to see lowlands.

Chinese Proverb

Clogs to clogs in three generations.

English Proverb

Clouds gather before a storm.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

Commit a sin twice and it will not seem a crime.

Jewish Saying

Curiosity killed the cat.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

Darkness reigns at the foot of the lighthouse.

Japanese Proverb

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.

Chinese Proverb

Death always comes too early or too late

English Proverb

Death closes all doors.

English Proverb

Death pays all debts.

English Proverb

Did hogs feed here or did Lithuanians have a feast here?

Traditional Polish Saying

Do not be born good or handsome, but be born lucky.

Russian Proverb

Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank him for not having given it wings.

Indian Proverb

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.

African proverb

Do not rejoice at my grief, for when mine is old, yours will be new.

Spanish Proverb

Do not speak of secrets in a field that is full of little hills.

Hebrew Proverb

Do not talk Arabic in the house of a Moor.

Oriental Proverb

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend’s forehead.

Chinese Proverb

Don’t imitate the fly before you have wings.

French Proverb

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

Eat well, drink in moderation, and sleep sound, in these three good health abound.

Latin Proverb

Epigrams succeed where epics fail.

Persian Proverb

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Bible – Proverbs 17:28

Even a small thorn causes festering.

Irish Proverb

Every ass loves to hear himself bray.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

Every cloud has a silver lining.

English Proverb

Every dog hath its day.

English Proverb

Every garden may have some weeds.

English Proverb

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.

Yiddish proverb

Everyone loves justice in the affairs of another.

Italian Proverb

Everyone pushes a falling fence.

Chinese Proverb

Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree.

Ethiopian Proverb

Evil is sooner believed than good.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald.

Eastern Proverb

Fame is a magnifying glass.

English Proverb

Feather by feather the goose can be plucked.

French Proverb

Fine feathers make fine birds.

English Proverb

Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.

Spanish Proverb

Fortune is a woman; if you neglect her today do not expect to regain her tomorrow.

French Proverb

Fortune is blind, but not invisible.

French Proverb

Friends are like fiddle strings, they must not be screwed too tight.

English Proverb

Friends are lost by calling often and calling seldom.

French Proverb

Friendship is a furrow in the sand.

Tongan Proverb

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he’ll eat forever.

Chinese Proverb

Give neither counsel nor salt till you are asked for it.

Italian Proverb

Give the devil his due.

English Proverb

Glutton: one who digs his grave with his teeth.

French Proverb

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.

Jewish Proverb

God gives the nuts, but he doesn’t crack them.

German proverb

God heals, and the physician takes the fee.

French Proverb

God help the rich man, let the poor man beg!

Old English Proverb

God help the rich, the poor can look after themselves.

Old English Proverb

Going to law is losing a cow for the sake of a cat.

Chinese Proverb

Good advice is often annoying, bad advice never.

French Proverb

Good as drink is, it ends in thirst.

Irish Proverb

Good luck beats early rising.

Irish Proverb

Gray hairs are death’s blossoms.

English Proverb

Half a loaf is better than none.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

Haste makes waste.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

Have a horse of your own and then you may borrow another’s.

Welsh Proverb

He is not wise that is not wise for himself.

English Proverb

He lied like an eyewitness.

Russian Insult

He makes his home where the living is best.

Latin Proverb

He that can’t endure the bad will not live to see the good.

Jewish Proverb

He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned.

French Proverb (14th century)

He that is rich will not be called a fool.

Spanish Proverb

He that lives on hope will die fasting.

North American Proverb

He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

Bible – Proverbs 28:20.

He that marries for money will earn it.

American Proverb

He that plants thorns must never expect to gather roses.

English Proverb

He that seeks trouble never misses.

English Proverb (17th century)

He that spareth his rod hateth his son.

Bible – Proverbs 24

He that winna be ruled by the rudder maun be ruled by the rock.

Scottish Proverb

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

Chinese proverb

He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.

Chinese proverb

He who comes with a story to you brings two away from you

Irish Proverb

He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years.

Chinese Proverb

He who does not know one thing knows another.

Kenyan Proverb

He who gets a name for early rising can stay in bed until midday.

Irish Proverb

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.

Arabian Proverb

He who has once burnt his mouth always blows his soup.

German Proverb

He who holds the ladder is as bad as the thief.

German Proverb

He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.

Spanish Proverb

He who leaps high must take a long run.

Danish Proverb

He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount.

Chinese Proverb

He who serves two masters has to lie to one.

Portuguese Proverb

He who sups with the devil has need of a long spoon.

English Proverb

He who would climb the ladder must begin at the bottom.

English Proverb

He who would eat in Spain must bring his kitchen along.

Traditional German Saying

He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.

William Blake “Proverbs of Hell” (1790)

Heaven lent you a soul Earth will lend a grave.

Chinese Proverb

Honesty is the best policy.

English Proverb

How many will listen to the truth when you tell them?

Yiddish Proverb

Hygiene is two thirds of health.

Lebanese Proverb

If a man be great, even his dog will wear a proud look.

Japanese Proverb

If a man deceives me once, shame on him; if he deceives me twice, shame on me.

Italian Proverb

If all pulled in one direction, the world would keel over.

Yiddish Proverb

If God lived on earth, people would break his windows.

Jewish Proverb

If rich people could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.

Yiddish Proverb

If the patient dies, the doctor has killed him, but if he gets well, the saints have saved him.

Italian Proverb

If two men ride a horse, one must ride behind.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

Chinese Proverb

If you believe everything you read, better not read.

Japanese proverb

If you bow at all bow low.

Chinese Proverb

If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.

Irish Proverb

If you love him, don’t lend him.

Polish Proverb

If you take big paces you leave big spaces.

Burmese Proverb

If you want to be criticized, marry.

Irish Proverb

If you wish to die young, make your physician your heir.

Romanian Proverb

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

Chinese Proverb

In a calm sea every man is a pilot.

Spanish Proverb

In America half an hour is forty minutes.

German Proverb

In baiting a mousetrap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse.

Greek Proverb

In love, there is always one who kisses and one who offers the cheek.

French Proverb

Instinct is stronger than upbringing.

Irish Proverb

It is a bad hen that does not scratch herself.

Irish Proverb

It is a bold mouse that nestles in the cat’s ear.

English Proverb

It is a long road that has no turning.

Irish Proverb

It is an equal failing to trust everybody, and to trust nobody.

English Proverb (18th century)

It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

It is better to be a male for one day than a female for ten.

Kurdish Proverb

It is better to be born a beggar than a fool.

Spanish Proverb

It is better to conceal one’s knowledge than to reveal one’s ignorance.

Spanish Proverb

It is better to exist unknown to the law.

Irish Proverb

It is better to sit down than to stand, it is better to lie down than to sit, but death is the best of all. (About laziness)

Indian Proverb

It is hard to pay for bread that has been eaten.

Danish Proverb

It is not a secret if it is known by three people.

Irish Proverb

It is not enough to run, one must start in time.

French Proverb

It is not fish until it is on the bank.

Irish Proverb

It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats.

Russian proverb

It is sweet to drink but bitter to pay for.

Irish Proverb

It is the good horse that draws its own cart.

Irish Proverb

It is the quiet pigs that eat the meal.

Irish Proverb

It takes time to build castles. Rome wan not built in a day.

Irish Proverb

It’s an ill wind that blows no good.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

It’s not a matter of upper and lower class but of being up a while and down a while.

Irish Proverb

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.

Chinese Proverb

Keep a thing for seven years and you’ll find a use for it.

Irish Proverb

Kill not the goose that lays the golden eggs.

English Proverb

Lack of resource has hanged many a person.

Irish Proverb

Last ship, best ship.

English Proverb

Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.

Chinese Proverb

Lend your money and lose your friend.

English Proverb

Let sleeping dogs lie.

English Proverb

Let your heart guide your head in evil matters.

Spanish Proverb

Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it.

Indian Proverb

Life without a friend is death without a witness.

Spanish Proverb

Like a fish out of water.

Latin Saying

Like a lame man’s legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Bible – Proverbs 26:7

Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout.

Irish Proverb

Little pitchers have big ears.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

Live with wolves, and you learn to howl.

Spanish Proverb

Look before you leap.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

Look down if you would know how high you stand.

Yiddish Proverb

Love enters a man through his eyes, woman through her ears.

Polish Proverb

Love makes the time pass. Time makes love pass.

French Proverb

Love me, love my dog.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

Love your neighbors, but don’t pull down the fence.

Chinese proverb

Love, pain, and money cannot be kept secret; they soon betray themselves.

Spanish Proverb

Luck has a slender anchorage

English Proverb

Mad as a march hare.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

Make hay while the sun shines.

English Proverb

Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not.

Chinese Proverb

Many a friend was lost through a joke, but none was ever gained so.

Czech Proverb

Many hands make light work.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

May as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.

English Proverb

May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate children chase you so far over the hills of Damnation that the Lord himself can’t find you with a telescope.

Traditional Irish Curse

May the grass grow at your door and the fox build his nest on your hearthstone.

May the light fade from your eyes, so you never see what you love.

May your own blood rise against you, and the sweetest drink you take be the bitterest cup of sorrow.

May you die without benefit of clergy;

May there be none to shed a tear at your grave, and may the hearthstone of hell be your best bed forever.

Traditional Wexford Curse

May you have a bright future – as the chimney sweep said to his son.

Irish Proverb

May you wander over the face of the earth forever, never sleep twice in the same bed, never drink water twice from the same well, and never cross the same river twice in a year.

Traditional Gypsy Curse

May your every wish be granted.

Ancient Chinese Curse

May your left ear wither and fall into your right pocket.

Traditional Arab Curse

Men count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.

French Proverb

Mere words do not feed the friars.

Irish Proverb

More grows in the garden than the gardener knows he has sown.

Spanish Proverb

More things belong to marriage than four bare legs in a bed.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat.

Irish Proverb

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Irish Proverb

Necessity knows no law.

Irish Proverb

Necessity never made a good bargain.

North American Proverb

Need teaches a plan.

Irish Proverb

Never cut what can be untied.

Portuguese Proverb

Never love with all your heart, it only ends in breaking.

English Proverb

Never marry for money. Ye’ll borrow it cheaper.

Scottish Proverb

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today.

English Proverb

Night is the mother of council.

Latin Proverb

No man limps because another is hurt.

Danish Proverb

No man ought to look a given horse in the mouth.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

No rose without a thorn, or a love without a rival.

Turkish Proverb

No time like the present.

English Proverb

Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.

Chinese Proverb

Not wine…men intoxicate themselves; Not vice…men entice themselves.

Chinese Proverb

Nothing dries sooner than tears.

Latin Proverb

Nothing is as burdensome as a secret.

French Proverb

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

One beggar at the door is enough.

French Proverb

One cannot shoe a running horse.

Dutch Proverb

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

English Proverb (17th century)

One flower will not make a garland.

French Proverb

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.

Chinese Proverb

One good turn deserves another.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.

Chinese Proverb

One of these day is none of these days.

English Proverb

One should go invited to a friend in good fortune, and uninvited in misfortune.

Swedish Proverb

One swallow maketh not a summer.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

One woman never praises another.

Estonian Proverb

Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches

English Proverb

Out of the frying pan into the fire.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.

French Proverb

Patience is poultice for all wounds.

Irish Proverb

Patience is the best medicine.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

People live in each other’s shelter.

Irish Proverb

Pigs might fly, but they are most unlikely birds.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

Politics is a rotten egg; if broken, it stinks.

Russian proverb

Poor men seek meat for their stomach, rich men stomach for their meat.

English Proverb

Power lasts ten years; influence not more than a hundred.

Korean Proverb

Practice makes perfect.

English Proverb

Praise the young and they will blossom

Irish Proverb

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Bible – Proverbs 16:18

Procrastination is the thief of time.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

Public before private and country before family.

Chinese Proverb

Put silk on a goat, and it’s still a goat.

Irish Proverb

Quiet people are well able to look after themselves.

Irish Proverb

Rags to riches to rags.

Lancastrian Proverb

Rain beats a leopard’s skin, but it does not wash off the spots.

Ashanti Proverb

Rats desert a sinking ship.

French Proverb

Riches run after the rich, and poverty runs after the poor.

French Proverb

Roasted pigeons will not fly into one’s mouth.

Dutch Proverb

Rome was not built in a day.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

English Proverb

Seek counsel of him who makes you weep, and not of him who makes you laugh.

Arabic Proverb

Set a beggar on horseback, and he ‘ll out ride the Devil.

German Proverb

Set a thief to catch a thief.

English Proverb

Silence was never written down.

Italian Proverb

Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.

Spanish Proverb

Sit a beggar at your table and he will soon put his feet on it.

Russian Proverb

Six hours’ sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool.

English Proverb

Small children give you headache; big children heartache.

Russian Proverb

Some people are masters of money, and some its slaves.

Russian Proverb

Sometimes I go about pitying myself, and all the time

I am being carried on great wings across the sky.

Ojibway Saying

Sorrow for a husband is like a pain in the elbow, sharp and short.

English Proverb

Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them.

English Proverb (17th century)

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

Slovenian Proverb

Stars are not seen by sunshine.

Spanish Proverb

Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

Bible – Proverbs 9:17.

Sweet is the wine but sour is the payment.

Irish Proverb

Take heed of enemies reconciled, and of meat twice boiled.

English Proverb.

Take thy thoughts to bed with thee, for the morning is wiser than the evening.

Russian Proverb

Talk of the devil and he is sure to appear.

English Proverb

Tell me who you live with and I will tell you who you are.

Spanish Proverb

Tell the truth and shame the devil.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.

Chinese Proverb

The best advice is found on the pillow.

Danish Proverb

The best thing about a man is his dog.

French Proverb

The big thieves hang the little ones.

Czech proverb

The church is near but the road is icy; the bar is far away but I’ll walk carefully.

Russian proverb

The comforter’s head never aches.

Italian Proverb

The darkest hour is that before the dawn.

English Proverb

The day will come when the cow will have use for her tail.

Irish Proverb

The devil looks after his own.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

The devil seduced Eve in Italian. Eve mislead Adam in Bohemian. The Lord scolded them both in German. Then the angel drove them from paradise in Hungarian.

Traditional Polish Saying

The fat is in the fire.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

Chinese Proverb

The girl who can’t dance says the band can’t play.

Yiddish Proverb

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

The great thieves lead away the little thieves.

French Proverb

The green new broom sweepeth clean.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

The hole is more honorable than the patch.

Irish Proverb

The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.

William Blake “Proverbs of Hell” (1790)

The innkeeper loves the drunkard, but not for a son-in-law.

Yiddish Proverb

The jay bird don’t rob his own nest.

West Indies Proverb

The light heart lives long.

Irish Proverb

The man who does not love a horse cannot love a woman.

Spanish Proverb

The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.

Chinese Proverb

The man with the boots does not mind where he places his foot.

Irish Proverb

The mills of God grind slowly but they grind finely.

Irish Proverb

The moon is made of a green cheese.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

The more the merrier.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

The morning is wiser than the evening.

Russian Proverb

The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.

Japanese Proverb

The night rinses what the day has soaped.

Swiss Proverb

The only good thing that comes from the east is the sun.

Traditional Portuguese Saying

The palest ink is better than the best memory.

Chinese proverb

The pine stays green in winter…Wisdom in hardship.

Chinese Proverb

The raggy colt often made a powerful horse.

Irish Proverb

The reverse side also has a reverse side.

Japanese proverb

The right man comes at the right time.

Italian Proverb

The road to a friend’s house is never long.

Danish proverb

The Russian knows the way, yet he asks for directions.

Traditional German Saying

The sea has an enormous thirst and an insatiable appetite.

French Proverb

The silent dog is the first to bite.

German Proverb

The smallest thing outlives the human being.

Irish Proverb

The Spaniard is a bad servant but a worse master.

Traditional English Saying

The sun will set without thy assistance.

Hebrew Proverb

The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.

French Proverb

The tallest blade of grass is the first to be cut by the scythe.

Russian proverb

The tide tarrieth for no man.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

The tongue is more to be feared than the sword.

Japanese Proverb

The tongue like a sharp knife…Kills without drawing blood.

Chinese Proverb

The truth is not always what we want to hear.

Yiddish Proverb

The turtle lays thousands of eggs without anyone knowing, but when the hen lays an egg, the whole country is informed.

Malay Proverb

The wearer best knows where the shoe pinches.

Irish Proverb

The well fed does not understand the lean.

Irish Proverb

The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion.

Arabian Proverb

The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.

Chinese Proverb

The wise man sits on the hole in his carpet.

Persian Proverb

The wolf loses his teeth, but not his inclinations.

Spanish Proverb

The work praises the man.

Irish Proverb

The world is a rose: smell it and pass it on to your friends.

Persian Proverb

The world would not make a racehorse of a donkey

Irish Proverb

There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.

Chinese Proverb

There are more old drunkards than old doctors.

French Proverb

There are only two types of Chinese — those who give bribes and those who take them.

Russian Proverb

There are two great pleasures in gambling: that of winning and that of losing.

French Proverb.

There is but one good mother-in-law and she is dead.

English Proverb

There is honor even among thieves.

English Proverb

There is hope from the sea, but none from the grave.

Irish Proverb

There is no fireside like your own fireside

Irish Proverb

There is no luck except where there is discipline.

Irish Proverb

There is no need like the lack of a friend.

Irish Proverb

There is no strength without unity.

Irish Proverb

There is plenty of sound in an empty barrel.

Russian Proverb

There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip.

Greek Proverb

They who love most are least valued.

English Proverb

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

William Blake “Proverbs of Hell” (1790)

Think with the wise but walk with the vulgar.

German Proverb

Thirst is the end of drinking and sorrow is the end of drunkenness.

Irish Proverb

Though a tree grow ever so high, the falling leaves return to the ground.

Malay Proverb

Three diseases without shame: Love, itch and thirst.

Irish Proverb

Three Spaniards, four opinions.

Spanish Proverb

Time is a great story teller.

Irish Proverb

Time trieth truth.

English Proverb

To be rich is not everything, but it certainly helps.

Yiddish Proverb

To deny all, is to confess all.

Spanish Proverb

To leave is to die a little.

French Proverb

To lend is to buy a quarrel.

Indian Proverb

To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming.

English Proverb (18th century)

To teach is to learn.

Japanese Proverb

To the ass, or the sow, their own offspring appears the fairest in creation.

Latin Proverb

To whom you tell your secrets, to him you resign your liberty.

Spanish Proverb

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

North American Saying

Tomorrow is a new day.

English Proverb

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.

Spanish Proverb

Tomorrow never comes.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

Trouble rides a fast horse.

Italian Proverb

True nobility is in being superior to your previous self.

Hindustani Proverb

Trust in Allah, but tie your camel.

Old Muslim Proverb

Truth and oil always come to the surface.

Spanish Proverb

Truth has a handsome countenance but torn garments.

German Proverb

Truth is the safest lie.

Jewish Proverb

Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed.

Bible – Proverbs 12:19

Truth will be out.

Latin Proverb

Two heads are better than one.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

Two shorten the road.

Irish Proverb

Two thirds of the work is the semblance.

Irish Proverb

Unless you enter the tiger’s den you cannot take the cubs.

Japanese Proverb

Visit your aunt, but not every day of the year.

Spanish Proverb

Walk straight, my son – as the old crab said to the young crab.

Irish Proverb

Want a thing long enough and you don’t

Chinese Proverb

War is death’s feast.

George Herbert “Outlandish Proverbs”

Water for oxen, wine for kings.

Spanish Proverb

We’ll never know the worth of water till the well go dry.

Scottish Proverb

Went in one ear and out the other.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

What belongs to everybody belongs to nobody.

Spanish Proverb

What breaks in a moment may take years to mend.

Swedish proverb

What one knows it is sometimes useful to forget.

Latin Proverb

What you can not avoid, welcome.

Chinese Proverb

When a father helps a son, both smile; but when a son must help his father, both cry.

Jewish Proverb

When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak.

Irish Proverb

When fire is applied to a stone it cracks.

Irish Proverb

When fortune knocks upon the door open it widely.

Spanish Proverb

When ill luck falls asleep, let none wake her.

Italian Proverb

When its time has arrived, the prey becomes the hunter.

Persian Proverb

When one dog barks another will join it.

Latin Proverb

When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.

Ethiopian proverb

When the apple is ripe it will fall.

Irish Proverb

When the drop (drink) is inside, the sense is outside.

Irish Proverb

When the iron is hot, strike.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

When the liquor was gone the fun was gone.

Irish Proverb

When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby.

Nigerian Proverb

When the sun shineth, make hay.

John Heywood “The Proverbs of John Heywood” (1546)

When the sword of rebellion is drawn, the sheath should be thrown away.

English Proverb

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

African Proverb

When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.

Chinese Proverb

When we sing everybody hears us, when we sigh nobody hears us.

Russian Proverb

When you live next to the cemetery you cannot weep for everyone.

Russian Proverb

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

Indian proverb

When your enemy falls, don’t rejoice — but don’t pick him up either.

Yiddish Proverb

Where no counsel is, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

Bible – Proverbs 11:14.

Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth.

Irish Proverb

Where there is love there is pain.

Spanish Proverb

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Bible – Proverbs 29:18

Where there’s music there can be love.

French Proverb

While the cat’s away, the mice can play.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

Who begins too much accomplishes little.

German proverb

Who knows most speaks least.

Spanish Proverb

Who lies with dogs shall rise up with fleas.

Latin Proverb

Wine divulges truth.

Irish Proverb

Witches and harlots come out at night.

English Proverb

With foxes we must play the fox.

Proverb of Unknown Origin

With money you are a dragon; with no money, a worm.

Chinese Proverb

Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Bible – Proverbs 23:13-14.

Without justice, courage is weak.

North American Proverb

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

Greek proverb

Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to This Day.

Sanskrit Proverb

You can always tell a German, but you can’t tell him much.

German Proverb

You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

Irish Proverb

You cannot reason with a hungry belly; it has no ears.

Greek Proverb

You cannot unscramble eggs.

North American Proverb

You can’t hatch chickens from fried eggs.

Dutch Proverb

You have to kiss a lot of toads before you find a handsome prince.

North American Proverb

You must live with a person to know a person. If you want to know me come and live with me.

Irish Proverb

Young men may die, old men must.

English Proverb

Young wood makes a hot fire.

Greek Proverb

Your health comes first; you can always hang yourself later.

Yiddish Proverb

Your neighbor’s apples are the sweetest.

Yiddish Proverb

Youth does not mind where it sets its foot.

Irish Proverb

Youth sheds many a skin. The steed (horse) does not retain its speed forever.

Irish Proverb

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

Irish Proverb

Wisdom Quotes

“Wisdom waits.” Gary Amirault

“Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point.”

“We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.” Stephen Vincent Benet

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.” Thomas Jefferson

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” Galileo Galilei

“Wisdom is not wordy.” Gary Amirault

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.” Thomas Jefferson

“The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and his fellow men.” Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899)

“Make men wise, and by that very operation you make them free. Civil liberty follows as a consequence of this; no usurped power can stand against the artillery of opinion.” William Godwin (1756-1836)

“The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.” Benjamin Franklin

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” Mark Twain

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Think truly, and thy thoughts shall the world’s famine feed. Speak truly, and each word of thine Shall be a fruitful seed. Live truly, and thy life shall be A great and noble creed.” Horatius Bonar, D.D.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – (1749-1832)

“He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.” Aesop

“Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings—that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.” Buddha [Gautama Siddharta] (563 – 483 BC)

“The trouble with most folks isn’t so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain’t so.” Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw] (1818-1885), American humorist and lecturer

“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” Plato (427-347 B.C.)

“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance—it is the illusion of knowledge.” Daniel J Boorstin

“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to stay, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.” George Eliot

“To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.” Amos Bronson Alcott

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” Frederick Douglass

“When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist.” Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologist

“No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” Dorothy Day

“Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.” African Proverb

“Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as to your fears.” ~Richard Wilkins

Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?" Kahlil Gibran

“And reason teaches all mankind who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.” John Locke

“There is no absolute knowledge. And those who claim it, whether they are scientists or dogmatists, open the door to tragedy. All information is imperfect. We have to treat it with humility.” J. Bronowski

An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me…It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, pride and superiority. The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside of you and every other person too.” They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied… “The one I feed.”

“Dogma demands authority, rather than intelligent thought, as the source of opinion; it requires persecution of heretics and hostility to unbelievers; it asks of its disciples that they should inhibit natural kindliness in favor of systematic hatred.” Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

“Philosophy should always know that indifference is a militant thing. It batters down the walls of cities and murders the women and children amid the flames and the purloining of altar vessels. When it goes away it leaves smoking ruins, where lie citizens bayonetted through the throat. It is not a children’s pastime like mere highway robbery.” Stephen Crane

“If we work in marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.” Daniel Webster

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” Martin Luther King, Jr., “Strength to Love”, 1963

“Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.” Calvin Coolidge

“Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices—just recognize them.” Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965)

“Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain

“At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.” Aldous Huxley

“If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.” Henry Ford (1863-1947)

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” Sir Winston Churchill

“A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable.” Thomas Jefferson

“History is written by the victor.” Latin Proverb

“He who does wrong does wrong against himself. He who acts unjustly acts unjustly to himself, because he makes himself bad.” Marcus Aurelius

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire (1694-1778)

“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” Albert Camus

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.” Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), German dramatist

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate

“Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.” Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), US Transcendentalist author

“To educate a man is to unfit him to be a slave.” Frederick Douglass [Frederick Baily] (1818-1895), escaped slave, Abolitionist, author, editor of the North Star and later the New National Era

“Our real enemies are the people who make us feel so good that we are slowly, but inexorably, pulled down into the quicksand of smugness and self-satisfaction.” Sydney Harris

“No tree has branches so foolish as to fight among themselves.” Ojibway Tribe

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” Douglas Adams

“The coward wretch whose hand and heart can bear to torture aught below, is ever first to quail and start from the slightest pain or equal foe.” Bertrand Russell

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Helen Keller

“No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore our belief in our own guidance.” Henry Miller (1891-1980), source: The Wisdom of the Heart, 1941

“Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.” Thomas Jefferson

“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.” George Orwell (1903-1950), English novelist, essayist, and critic

“If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” Anatole France [Jacques Anatole Thibault] (1844-1924)

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” James Madison

“Never argue with an idiot; they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ~ anonymous

It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured. Tacitus

Virtue has a veil, vice a mask. Victor Hugo

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” -Friedrich Nietzche

“People only see what they are prepared to see.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson – (1803-1882) American essayist, poet

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russel 1872-1970 British philosopher, historian

“The unique personality which is the real life in me, I can not gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others. I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others. For it is only with the god enthroned in the innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to appear." Felix Adler

“The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.” William Shakespeare

“You can only apprehend the Infinite by a faculty that is superior to reason.” – Plotinus

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)

When we share with agenda, we tend to get disappointed if our help is neglected or misunderstood. Therefore share without expecting except for wanting to remove the veil of your ego and reveal your true potential.

If we come to understand our enemies, they become part of us. As long as we don’t understand our enemies, we are at risk of becoming them. Jeroem

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. – Abraham Lincoln

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A house divided against itself cannot stand. – Abraham Lincoln

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A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me. – Abraham Lincoln

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All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind. – Abraham Lincoln

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All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. – Abraham Lincoln

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Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure. – Abraham Lincoln

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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. – Abraham Lincoln

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Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?- Abraham Lincoln

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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.- Abraham Lincoln

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Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. – Abraham Lincoln

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As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. – Abraham Lincoln

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As our case is new, we must think and act anew. -Abraham Lincoln

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Avoid popularity if you would have peace. – Abraham Lincoln

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Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets. – Abraham Lincoln

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Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. – Abraham Lincoln

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Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. – Abraham Lincoln

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Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all. – Abraham Lincoln

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Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. – Abraham Lincoln

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Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them. – Abraham Lincoln

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Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. – Abraham Lincoln

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Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.- Abraham Lincoln

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Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.- Abraham Lincoln

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Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.- Abraham Lincoln

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Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old. – Abraham Lincoln

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Everybody likes a compliment.- Abraham Lincoln

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Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. -Abraham Lincoln

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Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. -Abraham Lincoln

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Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. – Abraham Lincoln

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He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. – Abraham Lincoln

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He who molds the public sentiment… makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make. – Abraham Lincoln

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Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.- Abraham Lincoln

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How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.- Abraham Lincoln

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I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts. – Abraham Lincoln

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I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.- Abraham Lincoln

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I can make more generals, but horses cost money. – Abraham Lincoln

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I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it. -Abraham Lincoln

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I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me. – Abraham Lincoln

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I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. – Abraham Lincoln

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I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. – Abraham Lincoln

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I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. – Abraham Lincoln

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I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. – Abraham Lincoln

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I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. – Abraham Lincoln

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I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. – Abraham Lincoln

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I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country’s cause. – Abraham Lincoln

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I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. – Abraham Lincoln

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I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day. – Abraham Lincoln

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I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. – Abraham Lincoln

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I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. – Abraham Lincoln

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I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. – Abraham Lincoln

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I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known. – Abraham Lincoln

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I will prepare and some day my chance will come. – Abraham Lincoln

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I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back. – Abraham Lincoln

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If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. – Abraham Lincoln

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If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? – Abraham Lincoln

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If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. – Abraham Lincoln

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If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance. – Abraham Lincoln

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If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. -Abraham Lincoln

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If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it. – Abraham Lincoln

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If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don’t make it a leg. – Abraham Lincoln

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Important principles may, and must, be inflexible. – Abraham Lincoln

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In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free – honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. – Abraham Lincoln

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In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. – Abraham Lincoln

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In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln

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It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. – Abraham Lincoln

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Knavery and flattery are blood relations.- Abraham Lincoln

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Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. – Abraham Lincoln

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Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.- Abraham Lincoln

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Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. – Abraham Lincoln

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Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. – Abraham Lincoln

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Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. – Abraham Lincoln

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My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. – Abraham Lincoln

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My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. – Abraham Lincoln

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. – Abraham Lincoln

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Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. – Abraham Lincoln

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No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.- Abraham Lincoln

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No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. – Abraham Lincoln

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No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. – Abraham Lincoln

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Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. – Abraham Lincoln

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Public opinion in this country is everything.- Abraham Lincoln

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Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. – Abraham Lincoln

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Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar. – Abraham Lincoln

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Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right. – Abraham Lincoln

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Some day I shall be President. – Abraham Lincoln

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Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything.- Abraham Lincoln

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Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong. – Abraham Lincoln

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Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality. – Abraham Lincoln

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Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. – Abraham Lincoln

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That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well. – Abraham Lincoln

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The assertion that “all men are created equal” was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use. – Abraham Lincoln

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The ballot is stronger than the bullet. – Abraham Lincoln

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The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. – Abraham Lincoln

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The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. – Abraham Lincoln

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The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. -Abraham Lincoln

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The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. – Abraham Lincoln

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The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person. – Abraham Lincoln

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The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions. – Abraham Lincoln

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The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.- Abraham Lincoln

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The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. – Abraham Lincoln

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The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. – Abraham Lincoln

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The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty. – Abraham Lincoln

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The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read. – Abraham Lincoln

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The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed. – Abraham Lincoln

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The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him. – Abraham Lincoln

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There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, “Truth is the daughter of Time.” – Abraham Lincoln

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These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people. – Abraham Lincoln

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These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have. – Abraham Lincoln

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Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. – Abraham Lincoln

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This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it. – Abraham Lincoln

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Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. – Abraham Lincoln

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To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary. – Abraham Lincoln

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To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. – Abraham Lincoln

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Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. – Abraham Lincoln

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We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. – Abraham Lincoln

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We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. – Abraham Lincoln

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What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. – Abraham Lincoln

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Whatever you are, be a good one. – Abraham Lincoln

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When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say. – Abraham Lincoln

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When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.- Abraham Lincoln

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When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.- Abraham Lincoln

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When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it’s best to let him run.- Abraham Lincoln

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Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. – Abraham Lincoln

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With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds. – Abraham Lincoln

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With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. – Abraham Lincoln

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With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. – Abraham Lincoln

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You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. – Abraham Lincoln

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You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.- Abraham Lincoln

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You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.- Abraham Lincoln

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You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.- Abraham Lincoln

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My heart is full of Love for you. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Blessings from the Heart Angels do send. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Each experience we go through provides learning and wisdom for our spiritual development. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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We must be patient with ourselves and our brethren. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Adopt a simplistic life and avoid the anxious, hurried lifestyle. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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We know God because we know Jesus. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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The purpose for life on earth is to give and receive Love. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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As a child of God, we are the rays radiating from God. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Each child of God is prepared by God from the beginning, to express Love in a unique way. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Let God use you to show His Love, by “just listening” to someone who needs a friend. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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It is good to be lowly, patient and humble in spirit. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Forgiving is Loving. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Each life experience is allowed by God in order for us to develop faith. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Through simple faith and trust, God is able to do his work in us. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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By simple faith, we should turn over every problem we have to God. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Humility and meekness are eternal values that will last forever. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Think of ways to simplify your life, so that God may be glorified. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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As we show our sweetness, innocence and truth we may encourage others to adopt our ways. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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In being true to ourselves we do set an example for others to follow and strengthen the whole body of Christ. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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You cannot even begin to realize how much God Loves you. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Obtain the strength of Love and strengthen one another. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Simple faith brings calm assurance to us. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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If we listen carefully to our spirit, it will show us all the things with which we need to be concerned. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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When you have hope, you go through the trials of life, knowing that they are only temporary, and that you will spend eternity in rest and peace in the light of God’s Love. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Do good to all, even as God is good to all. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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When we pray for others, we are Loving others from the heart. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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The time to show compassion is now! – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Honesty helps us learn higher spiritual understanding and helps our brethren also. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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We should live each day to the fullest; by gaining as much wisdom as possible and doing as much good as we can. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Be a good example of God’s Love. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Look at life as an adventure to learn and develop those things which last forever. Our time on earth is short so make the most of it. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Knowing yourself is being able to understand that quiet, calm spirit inside of you. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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The child of God is able to remain composed and have peace of mind, because they know God provides all their needs. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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As the child of God progresses in understanding and wisdom, the more they will earnestly desire to understand God’s great Love. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Go ahead, start today by showing kindness and doing good. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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God has not forgotten you. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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If we are humble we shall surely be among the babes in the Celestial Heaven. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Positive people are overcomers. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Don’t dwell on the negative, but think positively. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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Meekness allows you to have true joy and peace in your heart, when you’re going through the storms in your life. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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We shed God’s Light and Love to the world. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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The rainbow is God’s way of saying, “I Love you, and will never leave you.” – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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If we keep our spiritual eyes on the Shepherd (God) then we will be peaceful in everything that happens. – Eleanor Bliss Angel

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