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Gems of Wisdom

   Virtue is fairer far than beauty.

                                   English Proverb

   Work while it is day.


   Wonders are many, and nothing is more wonderful than man. 


   Every man is the master of his own fortune.

                                            R. Steels

   Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the 
      creatures of men. 


   I am the captain of my soul.

                          W. E. Henley

   The eye that sees all things else sees not itself.

                                               English Proverb

   Quietude is the crown of life.

                                  English Proverb

   When the fight begins within himself, a man's worth something.


   The best minister is the human heart; the best teacher is time; 
      the best book is the world; the best friend is God.

                                               Yiddish Folk Saying

   Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is 
      what dies inside us while we live. 

                                                Norman Cousins

   Ideals are like the stars - we never reach them, but like 
      mariners, we chart our course by them. 

                                                   C. Schurz


   Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. 


  Kind hearts are the gardens; kind thoughts are the 
   roots; kind words are the flowers; kind deeds are
   the fruits.

                                     English Proverb

   A tree is known by its fruit.


   Kindness always begets kindness.


   Diseases of the soul are more dangerous than those of the body. 


   No one in the world can challenge the benignant man.

                                                   Mencius(Meng Zhi)

   Where your will is ready, your feet are light.


   A great ship asks deep waters.


   The secret of success is constancy of purpose.

                                          English Proverb

   The wealth of the mind is the only true wealth.


   Patience is virtue.


   There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a 

                                                     Edmund Burke

   The important thing in life is to have a great aim, and the 
      determination to attain it. 


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

                                                Chinese Proverb

   He that can have patience, can have what he will.

                                               B. Franklin

   Where there is a will there is a way.


   Rome was not built in a day.


   A rolling stone gathers no moss.


   Politeness costs nothing and gains everything.

                                 Mary Wortley Montagu

   Pure gold does not fear the furnace.

                                 Chinese Proverb

   Fire proves gold, adversity proves men.

                                     L. Seneca

   Self-trust is the first secret of success.


   Work has a bitter root but sweet fruit.

                                   German Proverb

   Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that 
      ever beset mankind. 

                                                  Thomas Carlyle

   A workman is known by his work.

                            English Proverb

   Only they who fulfill their duty in everyday matters will 
      fulfill them on great occasions.
                                                     C. Kingsley

   Wise men learn by other men's mistakes; fools by their own.


   You never know what you can do till you try.


   Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty 
      ocean and the pleasant land.
                                                  Julia Carney

   It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.

                                              Eddie Cantor

   Each goodly thing is hard to begin.


   There is no rule without exception.


   One hour today is worth two tomorrow.


   The early bird catches the worm.

                                 English Proverb

   Strike while the iron is hot.


   Say little and do much.

                          Rabbi Shammai

   You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you 
      don't try. 

                                                    Beverly Sills

   No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to 
      fear from life.
                                                 Samuel Goldwyn

   He laughs best who laughs last.


   The bad workman quarrels with tools.


   Man's best plans often miscarry.


   By others' faults wise men correct their own.

                                       Nicolas Ling

   If you run after two hares, you will catch neither.

                                           Latin Proverb

   Make hay while the sun shines. 

   A stitch in time saves nine. 

   Better return home and make a net than long for fish by the 
                                                 Chinese Proverb

   Haste makes waste. 

   Good and quickly seldom meet.
                         George Herbert

   A watched pot never boils. 

  Love begets love.


   Love makes the world go round.


   Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.


   A man has choice to begin love, but not to end it.


   East or west, home is best.


   A mother's love never changes.

                           English Proverb

   Faults are thick where love is thin.


   Without respect, love cannot go far.

                                   A. Dumas

   As the old cock crows, the young cock learns.


   Marry in haste, and repent at leisure.

   Love can turn the cottage into a golden palace.

                                        German Proverb

   When you teach your son, you teach your son's son.

                                           Talmud Kidskin

   In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children 
      but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will 
      make them successful human beings.

                                                      Ann Landaus

   Where love fails, we espy all faults.

   Home is home, though it be never so homely.

   Good children make glad parents.

                             English Proverb

   Before you marry, be sure of a house to tarry.


  The first wealth is health.


   Nothing is really beautiful but truth.

                              N. Boileau

   Quality is better than quantity.

                            English Proverb

   Observation is the best teacher.

                          English Proverb

   Experience keeps a dear school.


   No man ever yet became great by imitation.

                                   Samuel Johnson

   A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.

                                           Sir Joshua Reynolds

  Reason is the guide and light of life.

                                English Proverb

   The greatest friend of truth is time, her greatest enemy is 
      prejudice, and her constant companion is humility.


   Knowledge is power.

                 F. Bacon

   Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we 
      know where we can find information upon it.

                                                  Samuel Johnson

   The proof of the pudding is in the eating.


   Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.

                                  German Proverb

   To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

                                                     E. Burke

   Learning without thought means labour lost, thought without 
      learning is perilous. 

                                            Confucius(Kong Zhi)

   The years teach much which the days never know.


   The more a man learns, the more he sees his ignorance.

                                                   Chinese Proverb

   The three foundations of learning: seeing much, suffering much, 
      and studying much. 


   It is the peculiarity of knowledge that those who really thirst 
      for it always get it.

                                                    R. Jefferies

   Manners make the man.

                 William of Wykeham

   Education has for its object, the formation of character.

                                                 Herbert Spencer

   Study to be what you wish to seem.

                                  English Proverb

   He who is afraid of asking is shamed of learning.

                                          Danish Proverb

   Fools learn nothing from wise men, but wise men learn much from 

   Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent 

   We learn not at school, but in life.

                                      Latin Proverb

   Knowledge makes humble; ignorance makes proud.

                                          English Proverb

   Knowledge is the antidote to fear.

                                 English Proverb

  A life without a friend is a life without sun.

                                             French Proverb

   A man who has friends must show himself friendly.

                                              English Proverb

   A true friend is one soul in two bodies.


   A friend is a second self.

                          Latin Proverb

   If you confer a benefit, never remember it;
      if you receive one, remember it always.

                                   English Proverb

   Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.

                                     English Proverb

   A friend in need is a friend indeed.

   He who loves others is constantly loved by them;
   he who respects others is constantly respected by
                                       Mencju (Meng Zhi)

   Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others
   without getting a few drops on yourself.


   To a wise man one word is enough.

                             William Dunbar

   Good words cost nothing, but are worth much.

                                        T. Fuller

   Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want
   it the most always like it the least.

                                    Philip Chesterfield

   Teaching others teaches yourself.

                                  English Proverb

   Birds of a feather flock together.


   None are so deaf as those who will not hear.

   Tell me thy company and I will tell thee what thou art.


   He who knows others is learned, and he who knows himself is 
                                                 Laotze (Lao Zhi)

   He gives twice who gives quickly.


   Slow help is no help.

                     R. C. Trench

   Be slow in choosing a friend; slower in changing. 

                                             B. Franklin

   He that hath lost his credit is dead to the world.


   He is not laughed at that laughs at himself first.


   Health is better that wealth.

   Happiness lies, first of all, in health.


   Cleanliness is next to godliness.


   An efficacious medicine tastes bitter.

                                   Chinese Proverb

   A light heart lives long.


   Sleep is the best cure for waking troubles.


   All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.


   Habit is a cable, we weave a thread of it
   everyday, and at last we cannot break it.


   Prevention is better than cure.


   After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile.

                                              English Proverb

   Sickness is felt, but health not at all.


   Diet cures more than the doctor.

                             English Proverb

   Gluttony kills more than the sword.

                                 Francesco Patriss

   He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.


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

                                                   Arabian Proverb

   People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner 
      or later to find time for illness. 
                                                    J. Wanamaker

   Better wear out shoes than sheets.

                                 English Proverb

   The important thing is never to stop questioning.

                                           Albert Einstein

   Those who cannot remember the past are condemned
   to repeat it.
                                             George Santayana

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

                                                    Chinese proverb

   The best index to a person's character is how he treats people 
      who cannot do him much good, and how he treats people who 
      cannot fight back.
                                               Abigail Van Buren

   One who desires the attention of others has not yet found 
                                                Rav Shlomo Wolbe

   Surrounding yourself with dwarfs does not make you a giant.

                                               Yiddish Folk Saying

   If you want the present to be different from the past, study 
      the past. 
                                                    Baruch Spinoza

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