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Proverbs, sayings, quotations --- Onyx collection

   A child among men will soon be a man.

   A lazy youth, a lousy age. 

   A man among children will be long a child. 

   A man as he manages himself, may die old at thirty or be young 
      at eighty.

   A man often admits that his memory is at fault but never his 

   A new net won't catch an old bird. 

   A prudent youth is superior to a stupid old man.

   A wild colt may become a sober old horse.

   A young man negligent, an old man necessitous. 

   A bad excuse is better than none. 

   A barking dog never bites. 

   A brain is worth little without a tongue. 

   A civil question deserves a civil answer. 

   A clean glove often hides a dirty hand. 

   Behind a fair face may be a foul brain. 

   A fair face may hide a foul bargain. 

   A fair face will get its praise though the owner keep silent.

   A gentleman should be honest in his actions and refined in his 

   A good anvil does not fear the hammer. 

   A good archer is not known by his arrow but by his aim. 

   A good horse is never of a bad color. 

   A good name is a second inheritance. 

   A good name keeps its lustre in the dark. 

   A good word is as soon said as a bad one. 

   A grave and majestic outside is as it were the palace of the 

   A hog in armour is still but a hog. 

   A leopard cannot change its spots. 

   A liar ought to have a good memory.

   A loud voice bespeaks a vulgar man. 

   A bad dog never sees the wolf. 

   A bad penny always comes back. 

   A bad tree does not yield young apples. 

   A crow is never the whiter for ever washing. 

   A fault confessed is half redressed.

   A great crime is in a great man greater. 

   A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client. 

   A mischievous dog must be tied short. 

   A monarch should be slow to punish, swift to reward. 

   A rotten egg cannot be spoiled. 

   A sinful heart makes a feeble hand. 

   A thief is better than a lazy servant. 

   A thief knows a thief as a wolf knows a wolf. 

   A thief passes for a gentleman when stealing has made him rich. 

   A thief thinks every man steals. 

   A thief seldom grows rich by thieving. 

   A day of sorrow is longer than a month of joy. 

   A dead man does not make war.

   A dead man does not speak. 

   A dead man has neither friends or relations.

   A dead mouse feels no cold. 

   A drowning man will clutch at a straw. 

   A living dog is better than a dead lion. 

   A man can die but once. 

   A man has learned much, who has learned to die. 

   A small tear relieves a great sorrow. 

   A sudden death is the best. 

   All death is sudden to the unprepared.

   All men are born richer than they die. 

   All sorrows are bearable if there is bread.

   Alone in counsel, alone in sorrow. 

   An honourable death is worth more than an inglorious life. 

   Another's suffering is but skin deep. 

   Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of real 

   As a man lives so shall he die. 

   As soon as man is born he begins to die. 

   A carpenter is known by his chips. 

   A good beginning is half the work. 

   A good head and industrious hand are worth gold in any land. 

   A handful of trade is a handful of gold. 

   A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. 

   A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds. 

   A man without a smiling face must not open a shop. 

   A ploughman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his 

   A poor workman blames his tools. 

   A weak foundation destroys the work. 

   A work ill done must be done twice. 

   A work well begun is half done. 

   Absence of occupation is not rest. 

   Adversity makes men, prosperity monsters. 

   Adversity overcome is the highest glory.

   All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. 

   Ambition has no rest. 

   An oak is not felled at one stroke. 

   A babe in the house is a wellspring of pleasure. 

   A babe is a mother's anchor, she cannot swing far from her 

   A babe is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase. 

   A broken friendship may be soldered but will never be sound.

   A brother's sufferings claim a brother's pity. 

   A bustling mother makes a slothful daugther. 

   A child may have too much of his mother's blessing. 

   A clear bargain, a dear friend. 

   A courageous is better than a cowardly friend. 

   A fair weather friend changes with the wind. 

   A faithful friend is the true image of the deity. 

   A false friend has honey in his mouth, gall in his heart. 

   A father ia a treasure, a brother a comfort, but a friend is 

   A father lives after the death of his son. 

   A father loves his children in hating their faults. 

   A father maintains ten children better than ten children one 

   A father's blessing cannot be drowned in water nor consumed by 

   A black plum is as sweet as a white. 

   A day without bread is a long day indeed. 

   A drunkard's purse is a bottle. 

   A drunken man may soon be made to dance. 

   A man that has had his fill is no eater. 

   A rotten egg cannot be spoiled. 

   After dinner rest awhile, after supper walk awhile. 

   Ale sellers should not be tale tellers. 

   All meat is not the same in every man's mouth. 

   Always rise from the table with an appetite and you will never 
      sit down without one.

   An army marches on its stomach. 

   An old dram drinker is the devil's decoy.

   A barber learns to shave by shaving fools. 

   A braying ass eats little hay. 

   A cucumber being offered a poor man, he refused it because it 
      was crooked. 

   A fair promise makes a fool merry. 

   A flatterer is the shadow of a fool. 

   A fool always comes short of his reckoning. 

   A fool always finds a greater fool than himself. 

   A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him. 

   A fool and his money are soon parted.

   A fool at forty is a fool indeed. 

   A fool bolts a door with a boiled carrot.

   A fool can dance without a fiddle. 

   A fool cannot be silent. 

   A fool cut down the oak to plant a thistle. 

   A fool demands much, but he is a greater one that gives it. 

   A fool digs a well by the river. 

   A fool expects that larks will fall ready roasted into his own 

   A fool expects to find water at the first stroke of his spade. 

   A fool fights with his own shadow.

   A book that remains shut is but a block. 

   A book's a book though there is nothing in it. 

   A flow of words is no proof of wisdom. 

   A gem unwrought is a useless thing, so a man unlearned is a 
      senseless being. 

   A golden key can open any door. 

   A good book praises itself. 

   A learned man can only be appreciated by another learned man. 

   A library is a repository of medicine for the mind. 

   A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. 

   A man becomes learned by asking questions. 

   A man can know nothing of mankind without knowing something of 

   A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well 
      educated family. 

   A man is not known until he comes to honour. 

   A man knows no more to any purpose than he practices. 

   A man profits more by the sight of an idiot than by the oration 
      of the learned.

   A mind quite vacant is a mind quite distressed. 

   A bonny bride is sound dressed. 

   A deaf husband and a blind wife are always a happy couple. 

   A fence between makes love more keen. 

   A good Jack makes a good Jill. 

   A good son makes a good husband.

   A good wife and health are a man's best wealth. 

   A good wife makes a good husband. 

   A kiss of the mouth often touches not the heart. 

   A maiden with many wooers often chooses the worst. 

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

   A man without a wife is a man without a care. 

   A man without a wife, a house without a roof. 

   A pretty face is half a dowry. 

   A beggar can never be bankrupt. 

   A beggar's purse is bottomless.

   A clown enriched knows neither relation or friend. 

   A fallen rich man may make a good master, but not an enriched 
      poor man. 

   A great fortune is a great slavery. 

   A lamb is as dear to a poor man as an ox to the rich. 

   A light purse makes a heavy heart. 

   A little house well filled, a little land well tilled, and a 
      little wife well willed are great riches. 

   A man who is proud of his money rarely has anything else to be 
      proud of. 

   A man without money is like a bow without an arrow.

   A man without money is like a ship without sails. 

   A miser grows rich by seeming poor, an extravagant man grows 
      poor by seeming rich. 

   A moneyless man goes quick through the market. 

   A penny is sometimes better spent than spared. 

   A poor man has not many marks for fortune to shoot at. 

   A brave man will yield to a brave man. 

   A brave man's country is wherever he chooses his abode. 

   A bully is always a coward. 

   A cake eaten in peace is worth two in trouble. 

   A cat may look at a King. 

   A certain peace is to be preferred to an expected victory. 

   A chain is no stronger than it's weakest link. 

   A crown is no cure for the headache. 

   A foreign war is preferable to one at home. 

   A gallant man needs no drums to rouse him. 

   A good cause make a stout heart and a strong arm. 

   A good prince does not cut out freedom's tongue. 

   A house divided against itself cannot stand. 

   A king is never powerful that hath not power on the sea. 

   A patriot is a fool in any age. 

   A poor freedom is better than a rich slavery. 

   A proud soldier is fellow to the king. 

   A short sword for a brave man. 

   A stick is a peacemaker. 

   A tyrant's breath is another's death. 

   A belly full of gluttony will never study willingly. 

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

   A bird never flew on one wing. 

   A bite in the morning is better than nothing all day. 

   A burnt child fears fire. 

   A closed mouth catches no flies. 

   A coconut shell full of water is an ocean to an ant. 

   A covetous man is good to none, but worse to himself. 

   A covetous man makes no friend. 

   A danger foreseen is a half avoided. 

   A fine cage won't feed the bird. 

   A full belly neither fights nor flies well. 

   A glutton is never generous. 

   A good "take heed" will surely speed. 

   A grain of prudence is worth a pound of craft. 

   A jest driven too far often brings home hate. 

   A little pot is soon hot. 

   A little too late is much too late. 

   A bolt does not always fall when it thunders. 

   A foul morn may turn to a fine day. 

   A bad cause requires many words.

                           German Proverb

   A courtyard common to all will be swept by none.

                                      Chinese Proverb

   A forest is in an acorn.

   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 hungry man is an angry man.

                           English Proverb

   A lie travels round the world while truth is putting her boots 
                                                     French Proverb

   A lock is better than suspicion. 

                                Irish 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 wise man hears one word and understands two.

                                    Yiddish Proverb

   Advice when most needed is least heeded.

                                English Proverb

   Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

                                     Indian Proverb

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

                                         Jewish Saying

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

                                               Chinese Proverb

   Every ass loves to hear himself bray.

   Friends are lost by calling often and calling seldom.

                                     French Proverb

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

                                  German proverb

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

                                       Chinese Proverb

   He that lives on hope will die fasting.

   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

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

                                          English Proverb

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

                                     Irish Proverb

   Silence was never written down.

                         Italian Proverb

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

                                                   Russian Proverb

   Small children give you headache; big children heartache.

                                                  Russian Proverb

   Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

                                    Slovenian 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

   The best advice is found on the pillow.

                                        Danish Proverb

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

   The palest ink is better than the best memory.

                                         Chinese 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 well fed does not understand the lean.

                                     Irish Proverb

   The wolf loses his teeth, but not his inclinations.

                                      Spanish Proverb

   The work praises the man.

                      Irish Proverb

   There is no fireside like your own fireside.

                                  Irish Proverb

   There is plenty of sound in an empty barrel.

                                  Russian Proverb

   Time trieth truth.

                 English Proverb

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

                                           Yiddish Proverb

   To lend is to buy a quarrel.

                         Indian 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

   Two shorten the road.

                     Irish Proverb

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

                                     Spanish Proverb

   What belongs to everybody belongs to nobody.

                                     Spanish Proverb

   What breaks in a moment may take years to mend.

                                    Swedish proverb

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

   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

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

                                            Greek Proverb

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

   Experience is the father of wisdom. 


   The grand essentials in this life are something to do, 
   something to love, and something to hope for. 


   From a little spark may burst a mighty flame. 


   The cow knows not what her tail is worth until she has lost it. 


   The crown of a good disposition is humility. 

                                           Arab Proverb 

   Asking costs little. 

                              Italian Proverb 

   The wise man has long ears, big eyes and a short tongue. 

                                      Russian Proverb 

   Conscience gets a lot of credit that belongs to cold feet. 


   A good laugh is sunshine in a house. 


   Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, 
   but those who kindly reprove thy faults. 


   Give if thou canst, an alms;  if not, afford, instead of that, 
   a sweet and gentle word. 

   Do not choose for anyone what you do not choose for yourself. 

                                                 Persian Proverb 

   There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, 
   there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed. 


   Forewarned, forearmed;  to be prepared is half the victory. 


   If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his 


   Everyone loves the tree that gives him shelter. 

                                        Russian Proverb 

   He who considers too much will perform little. 


   The sky is of the same color wherever you go. 

                                       Persian Proverb 

   He is lifeless who is faultless. 


   The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. 


   The greatest king must at last be put to bed with a shovel. 

                                        Russian Proverb 

   What can the enemy do when the friend is cordial? 

                                        Persian Proverb 

   Joy and sorrow are next door neighbors. 

                                      German Proverb 

   Work is often the father of pleasure. 


   Love looks not with the eyes, but with the heart. 


   Poverty does not destroy virtue nor wealth bestow it. 


   Cleanse thy heart from greed, and thy foot shall remain free 
   from fetters. 
                                                  Arabian Proverb 

   Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. 


   Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in 


   All is not false that seems at first a lie. 


   Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. 


   It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of 
   others and to forget his own. 

   The chameleon does not leave one tree until he is sure of 
                                               Arabian Proverb 

   A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion. 


   Do not cut down the tree that gives you shade. 

                                      Arabian Proverb 

   Never let the bottom of your purse or your mind be seen. 


   The mouse that has but one hole is soon caught. 

                                     Arabian Proverb 

   He who knows but little, presently outs with it. 

                                      Italian Proverb 

   Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other. 


   Much does he gain who learns when he loses. 

                                      Italian Proverb 

   Joy and Temperance and Repose slam the door on the doctor's 

   Who seeks a quarrel, finds it near at hand. 

                                       Italian Proverb 

   The cask can only yield the wine it contains. 

                                      Italian Proverb 

   He who sings frightens away his ills. 

                                       Spanish Proverb 

   Any plan is bad which is not susceptible to change. 

                                       Italian Proverb 

   The remedy for injuries is not to remember them. 

                                        German Proverb 

   The stitch is lost unless the thread is knotted. 

                                        Italian Proverb 

   A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is 
   committing another mistake. 


   None are so blind as those who won't see. 


   Now 'tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted;  suffer them 
   now and they'll o'ergrow the garden. 


   When your horse is on the brink of a precipice it is too late 
   to pull the reins. 
                                                 Chinese Proverb 

   That crown is well spent which saves you ten. 

                                       Italian Proverb 

   Striving to better, oft we mar what's well. 


   He has gained enough who gives up a vain hope. 

                                       Italian Proverb 

   Books give not wisdom where was none before. 


   No one is satisfied with his fortune, nor dissatified with his 

                                        French Proverb 

   When a man is falling, every saint pushes him. 

                                      Italian Proverb 

   He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals. 


   There is no one luckier than he who thinks himself so. 

                                              German Proverb 

   The riches that are in the heart cannot be stolen. 

                                          Russian Proverb 

   Keep company with good men, and you'll increase their number. 

                                              Italian Proverb 

   He who is an ass and takes himself to be a stag finds his 
   mistake when he comes to leap the ditch. 

                                             Italian Proverb 

   He who would have no trouble in this world must not be born in 

                                                   Italian Proverb 

   Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it. 


   Fool me once, shame on you;  fool me twice, shame on me. 

                                              Chinese Proverb 

   No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. 


   Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with. 

                                                Author unknown 

   He who sows discord will reap regret. 

                                    Arabian Proverb 

   When the ship has sunk everyone knows how she might have been 

                                                Italian Proverb 

   First catch your hare, then cook it. 


   A man's being in a good or bad humor depends upon his will. 


   He saith little that loveth much. 

                                      Italian Proverb 

   Let thy discontents be secrets. 


   The path of duty lies in what lies near at hand; and men seek 
   for it in what is remote. 
                                              Japanese Proverb 

   Wisdom thoroughly learned will never be forgotten. 


   Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt. 


   The world is governed more by appearances than by realities, so 
   that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to 
   know it. 
                                                 Daniel Webster 

   Little strokes fell great oaks. 


   A small-minded man looks at the sky through a reed. 

                                   Japanese Proverb 

   One must lose a minnow to catch a salmon. 

                                      French Proverb 

   It is not permitted to the most equitable of men to be a judge 
   in his own cause. 


   The pebble in the brook secretly thinks itself a precious 
                                               Japanese Proverb 

   Full many a flower is born to blush unseen. 


   He who reigns within himself, and rules passions, desires, and 
   fears, is more than a king. 


   Wear a smile and have friends;  wear a scowl and have wrinkles. 

                                                  George Elliot 

   A man who is his own doctor has a fool for his patient. 


   A man must insult himself before others will. 

                                          Chinese Proverb 

   He loses all who loses the right moment. 

                                       Spanish Proverb 

   Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food. 


   He who lies upon the ground can fall no lower. 

                                         Latin Proverb 

   Pray devoutly, but hammer stoutly. 


   What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. 


   Good example is half a sermon. 


   He conquers who endures. 

                                      Italian Proverb 

   He is well paid that is well satisfied. 


   A man's good name is as precious to him as its skin is to a 
                                              Japanese Proverb 

   If there is no apple one eats a little carrot. 

                                     Russian Proverb 

   Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by 

   A man with a sour face should not open a shop. 

                                      Japanese Proverb 

   One pardons to the degree that one loves. 

                                       La Rochefoucauld 

   When anger arises think of the consequences. 


   Drop by drop fills the tub. 

                                      French Proverb 

   He is not laughed at who laughs at himself first. 


   It is part of the cure to wish to be cured. 


   The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. 


   Break the legs of an evil custom. 

                                        Italian Proverb 

   A fool can no more see his own folly than he can see his ears. 


   You can't make an omlet without breaking eggs. 


   The heron's a saint when there are no fish about. 

                                   Japanese Proverb 

   When interest lags, memory lags too. 


   What is bitter to endure may be sweet to remember. 


   A soft answer turneth away wrath;  but grievous words stir up 
                                                    Old Testament 

   For every evil under the sun, there is a remedy or there is 
   none.  If there be one, try and find it; if there be none, 
   never mind it. 

   A harper is laughed at who plays always on the same string. 


   If you have to kill a snake, kill it once and for all. 

                                              Japanese Proverb 

   In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared 

   If well thou hast begun, go on;  it is the end that crowns us, 
   not the fight. 

   No man's head aches while he comforts another. 

                                        Italian Proverb 

   A narrow mind has a broad tongue. 

                                        Arabian Proverb 

   Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare. 


   What one does, one becomes. 

                                       Spanish Proverb 

   The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for 


   An idle brain is the devil's workshop. 

                                    English Proverb 

   Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows. 


   Talk does not cook rice. 

                                     Chinese Proverb 

   Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. 


   Following happiness is like chasing the wind, or clutching the 
                                              Japanese Proverb 

   We have two ears and one mouth that we may listen the more and 
   talk the less. 
                                                   Greek Proverb 

   They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and 
   they who love it are not equal to those who find pleasure in 
                                                Chinese Proverb 

   If you wish another to keep your secret, first keep it 
                                        Latin Proverb 

   Having a good wife and rich cabbage soup, seek not other 

                                        Russian Proverb 

   Never esteem anything of advantage to thee that shall make thee 
   break thy word of lose thy self-respect. 

                                                   Marcus Aurelius 

   A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds. 


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

                                       Indian Proverb 

   If you walk on snow you cannot hide your footprints. 

                                       Chinese Proverb 

   Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least 
   expect it, there will be a fish. 


   He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens 
   our skill. 
                                                Edmund Burke 

   Compare your griefs with other men's and they will seem less. 

                                               Spanish Proverb 

   Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. 


   A word of kindness is better than a fat pie. 

                                   Russian Proverb 

   One dog yelping at nothing will set ten thousand straining at 
   their collars. 
                                               Japanese Proverb 

   Arrogance diminishes wisdom. 

                                    Arabian Proverb 

   When we cannot find contentment in ourselves, it is useless to 
   seek it elsewhere. 

                                                 La Rochefoucauld 

   For a marriage to be peaceful the husband should be deaf and 
   the wife blind. 
                                                Spanish Proverb 

   Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, much fruit 
   of sense beneath is rarely found. 


   When the  fox cannot reach the grapes he says they are not 

                                                    Greek Proverb 

   Do not remove a fly from your friend's head with a hatchet. 

                                                    Chinese Proverb 

   That is an empty purse that is full of other men's money. 


   When the fruit is scarcest its taste is sweetest. 

                                            Irish Proverb 

   The daughter of a crab does not give birth to a bird. 

                                              Chinese Proverb 

   It's no use going to the goat's house to look for wool. 

                                                  Irish Proverb 

   Three things too much and three too little are pernicious to 
   man: to speak much, and know little; to spend much, and have 
   little; to presume much, and be worth little. 


   The more a man knows, the more he forgives. 


   You cannot sew buttons on your neighbor's mouth. 

                                                 Russian Proverb 

   Don't see all you see, and don't hear all you hear. 

                                                Irish Proverb 

   Every cloud engenders not a storm. 


   "Tis not the dying for a faith that's so hard; 'tis the living 
   up to it that is difficult. 


   Men carry their superiority inside; animals outside. 

                                               Russian Proverb 

   One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to 
   apply it. 
                                                Persian Proverb 

   Vegetables of one's own raising are not relished --- those from 
   other's gardens are the best. 

                                                 Chinese Proverb 

   A small hole can sink a big ship. 

                                                 Russian Proverb 

   Whatever necessity lays on thee, endure; whatever she commands, 

   Better be alone than in bad company. 


   The web of our life is a mingled yarn, good and ill together. 


   A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the 
   value of nothing. 

                                                    Oscar Wilde 

   Measure thy cloth ten times, thou canst cut it but once. 

                                                 Russian Proverb 

   Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod. 


   Go home and make a net if you desire to get fishes. 

                                               Chinese Proverb 

   A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long 


   Long sleep makes a bare back. 

                                      Irish Proverb 

   If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other 
                                               Oriental Proverb 

   The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. 

                                                 Chinese Proverb 

   Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners. 


   He who plants thorns must never expect to gather roses. 

                                                  Arabian Proverb 

   They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing. 

                                                     Hindu Proverb 

   Wit without discretion is a sword in the hand of a fool. 

                                              Spanish Proverb 

   Words are the voice of the heart. 


   If you go to war pray once; if you go on a sea journey pray 
   twice; but pray three times when you are going to be married. 

                                                   Russian Proverb 

   To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. 


   Wisdom is often nearer when we stoop than when we soar. 


   You cannot hang everything on one nail. 

                                                 Russian Proverb 


   A vacant mind is open to all suggestions as a hollow building 
   echos all sounds. 

                                                  Chinese Proverb 

   It takes little effort to watch a man carry a load. 

                                               Chinese Proverb 

   The greater the obstacle the more the glory in overcoming it. 


   All things are less dreadful than they seem. 


   Many take by the bushel and give by the spoon. 

                                                    German Proverb 

   No one knows what he can do till he tries. 

                                                    Latin Proverb 

   What the young one begs for, the grown-up throws away. 

                                                   Russian Proverb 

   Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which 
   difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. 

                                                John Quincy Adams 

   A little and a little, collected together, become a great deal; 
   the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and 
   drop make the inundation. 


   Much wealth will not come if a little does not go. 

                                                 Chinese Proverb 

   It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: 
   What are we busy about? 

   The proper study of mankind is man. 


   The future belongs to him who knows how to wait. 

                                                  Russian Proverb 

   It is only when the cold season comes that we know the pine and 
   cypress to be evergreens. 

                                                 Chinese Proverb 

   Tyrant custom makes a slave of reason. 


   The same fire purifies gold and consumes straw. 

                                                  Italian Proverb 

   You look for the horse you ride on. 

                                             Russian Proverb 

   Beggars mounted ride their horse to death. 


   Love the truth but pardon error. 


   Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound 

   One's good deeds are only known at home; one's bad deeds far 
                                                  Chinese Proverb 

   That day is lost on which one has not laughed. 

                                                 French Proverb 

   A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package. 


   He who handles pitch besmears himself. 

                                                  German Proverb 

   Hurry is only good for catching flies. 

                                                 Russian Proverb 

   Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in 
   fortune or misfortune at their own pace, like a clock during a 

                                         Robert Louis Stevenson 

   He who is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything 

   In the kingdom of the blind men, the one-eyed is king. 


   Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. 


   Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you 
   smile, it returns the greeting. 


   He jests at scars that never felt a wound. 


   The chameleon, who is said to feed upon nothing but air, has of 
   all animals the nimblest tongue. 


   The apples on the other side of the wall are the sweetest.  


   Look for a thing till you find it and you'll not lose your 

                                              Chinese Proverb 

   One can advise comfortably from a safe port. 


   When one door shuts another opens. 

                                                 Spanish Proverb 

   Do not despise an insignificant enemy or a slight wound. 

                                                   German Proverb 

   An eel held by the tail is not yet caught. 


   Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults. 


   A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit. 


   He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount. 

                                                   Chinese Proverb 

   Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most 
   brilliant of metals. 

   A man often pays dear for a small frugality. 


   Thach your roof before rainy weather; dig your well before you 
   become parched with thirst. 

                                                   Chinese Proverb 

   He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils. 


   The longest day will have an end. 


   A mile walked with a friend has only one hundred steps. 

                                                 Russian Proverb 

   Brevity is the soul of wit. 


   He who brings himself into needless dangers dies the devil's 

   Though honey is sweet, do not lick it off a briar. 

                                                    Irish Proverb 

   Rotten wood cannot be carved. 

                                       Chinese Proverb 

   Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only 
   needless, but it impairs what it would improve. 


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

                                                  Chinese Proverb 

   Mellow nuts have the hardest rind. 


   Help thy brother's boat across, and lo! thine own has reached 
   the shore. 

                                                   Hindu Proverb 

   The dress does not make the friar. 

                                           Spanish Proverb 

   Make every bargain clear and plain, that none may afterwards 


   If the child does not cry, the mother knows not its wants. 

                                               Russian Proverb 

   Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water. 


   Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice. 


   The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it. 


   Desire beautifies what is ugly. 

                                        Spanish Proverb 

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

                                                 Arabian Proverb 

   When it rains, it falls on all alike. 


   Good temper, like a sunny day, sheds a ray of brightness over 
   everything: it is the sweetener of toil and the soother of 
                                                 Washington Erving 

   A man's faults all conform to his type of mind.  Observe his 
   faults and you may know his virtues. 


   Good, better, best; never rest till good be better, and better, 


   Burdens become light when cheerfully borne. 


   He who peeps in at his neighbor's window may chance to lose his 
                                                  Arabian Proverb 

   An empty sack cannot stand up. 

                                        Russian Proverb 

   It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles; 
   the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring 
   it out. 

   Conceit is God's gift to little men. 


   Evesdroppers never hear any good of themselves. 

                                                   French Proverb 

   Little and often fills the purse. 
                                                   German Proverb 

   Who will eat the kernel of the nut must break the shell. 


   Silence betokens consent. 

                                Persian Proverb 

   A diamond with a flaw is preferable to a common stone with 
                                                  Chinese Proverb 

   The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it. 


   One cannot learn to swim in a field. 

                                              Spanish Proverb 

   It is not only what we do, but what we do not do, for which we 
   are accountable. 


   Winter comes fast on the lazy. 

                                       Irish Proverb 

   Habits are first cobwebs, then cables. 


   Patience is the key of joy; but haste is the key to sorrow. 

                                                   Arabian Proverb 

   When the cat mourns for the mouse do not take her seriously. 

                                               Japanese Proverb 

   Those who know when they have enough are rich. 

                                                 Chinese Proverb           

   The more difficult the obstacle, the stronger one becomes after.

   One cannot find any rule of conduct to excel 'simplicity' and 

   Only the best behavior is good enough for daily use in the 

   One learns manners from those who have none.

   An admission of error is a sign of strength rather than a 
   confession of weakness.

   Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

   Character is property --- it is the noblest of possessions.

   Fortune does not change men.  It only unmasks them.

   A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he 
   begins to blame somebody else.

   Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be 
   since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.

   He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has 
   discovered the most valuable secret of a diplomat.

   Better to let them wonder why you didn't talk than why you did.

   It takes the whole of life to learn how to live.

   It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out --- it's the 
   grain of sand in your shoe.

   To be thrown upon one's resources is to be cast into the very 
   lap of fortune.

   The fellow who worries about what people think of him wouldn't 
   worry so much if he only knew how seldom they do.

   He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's 
   wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his 
   father's care.

   Solitude is the ante-chamber of God;  only one step more and 
   you will be in his immediate presence.

   A minute of thought is worth more than an hour of talk.

   To be content with little is difficult, to be content with 
   much, impossible.

   He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really 
   cooperating with it.

   You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they 
   could and should do for themselves.

   Every man's work is a portrait of himself.

   Humdrum is not where you live;  it's what you are.

   Joy is not in things, it is in us.

   Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than 

   One of the biggest thrills in life comes from doing a job well.

   The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your 

   Fear God and all other fears will disappear.

   The man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

   Work is the best narcotic.

   Habit is man's best friend or his worst enemy.

   Absence of occupation is not rest;  A mind quite vacant is a 
   mind distressed.

   You shall judge a man by his foes as will as his friends.

   Except in occasional emergencies there is not much that one man 
   can do for another other than to help him to help himself.

   The door to the human heart can be opened only from the inside.

   Conscience is God's presence in man.

   One reason why a dog is such a lovable creature is that his 
   tail wags instead of his tongue.

   Friends are made by many acts --- and lost by only one.

   Politeness is a small price to pay for the good will and 
   affection of others.

   Success in marriage is much more than finding the right person;  
   it is a matter of being the right person.

   It is not he who has little, but he who wants more, who is 

   Quite often when a man thinks his mind is getting broader it is 
   only his conscience stretching.

   Many might have attained wisdom had they not thought that they 
   had already attained it.

   Every man I meet is in some way my superior;  and in that I can 
   learn from him.

   When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you 
   do not know it, to admit that you do not --- this is true 

   Everyone is ignorant --- only on different subjects.

   We see things not as they are, but as we are.

   Tolerance comes with age.  I see no fault committed that I 
   myself could not have committed at some time or other.

   The man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle 
   himself away.

   It is as hard for the good to suspect evil as it is for the bad 
   to suspect good.

   The Devil has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits 
   them all.

   It is only the fear of God that can deliver us from the fear of 

   People believe what they want to believe despite all the 
   evidence to the contrary.

   The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own 

   There is only one person with whom you can profitably compare 
   yourself, and this person is your yesterday self:  You.

   Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in 
   order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.

   The steam that blows the whistle can't be used to turn the 

   Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

   Though another may have more money, beauty, brains than you; 
   yet when it comes to the rarer spiritual values such as 
   charity, self-sacrifice, honor, nobility of heart, you have an 
   equal chance with everyone to be the most beloved and honored 
   of all people.

   Christian character is not an inheritance;  each individual 
   must build it for himself.

   What you are in the sight of God, that you truly are.

   Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty;  but 
   beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature.

   Be careful how you live;  you may be the only Bible some people 
   will ever read.

   Do right and leave the results with God.

   You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your 

   If anyone speaks evil of you, so live that none will believe 

   To do the right thing for the wrong reason is the greatest 

   To every man there opens a high way and a low and every man 
   decides the way that he shall go.

   Character is a victory, not a gift.

   What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters 
   compared to what lies within us.

   Whatever creed be taught or land be trod, Man's conscience is 
   the oracle of God.

   A living religion is a way of living.

   A man's reputation is only what men think him to be;  his 
   character is what God knows him to be.

   The righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in me so 
   the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest in 

   Words in haste do friendships waste.

   I have often regretted my speech, seldom my silence.

   Speech is the index of the mind.                                     

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