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Learn from the earliest days to inure your principles against the perils of ridicule: you can no more exercise your reason if you live in constant dread of laughter than you can enjoy your life if you are in the constant terror of death. Sydney Smith The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity. These are the choices that measure your life. Travel the road of integrity without looking back, for there is never a wrong time to do the right thing! Author unknown Use what language you will you can never say anything but what you are. Ralph Waldo Emerson We are what we repeatedly do. Aristotle Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way -- you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions. Aristotle Be a pattern to others and then all will go well; for as a whole city is infected by the licentious passions and vices of great men so it is likewise reformed by their moderation. Cicero One of the greatest artifices the devil uses to engage men in vice and debauchery is to fasten names of contempt on certain virtues and thus fill weak souls with a foolish fear of passing for scrupulous should they desire to put them in practice. Pascal Learning teaches how to carry things in suspense without prejudice till you resolve. Bacon Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writing so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for. Socrates The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be. Socrates It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation that gives happiness. Thomas Jefferson And They Say There Is No God! The moon at night and the sun by day, Migrating birds when skys are gray... Whispering breezes, soft summer rain, Shimmering fields of ripe, golden grain... Seasons of change as if on cue, Acres of flowers of every hue... Shrimp boats at twilight, an eagle on wing, New budding trees whispering spring... Valleys and mountains, rivers and streams, Magnolia nights with shiny moonbeams... December days whiter than fleece, An unknown soldier resting in peace... Puppies and kittens made to love, Sunsets and rainbows high above... Mother and child in rocking chair, Dad's calloused hands folded in prayer... And they say there is no God! Clay Harrison Half the work that is done in this world is to make things appear what they are not. E. R. Beadle Rashness is the characteristic of ardent youth, and prudence that of mellowed age. Cicero Education is the best provision for old age. Aristotle Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. Buddha When thou hast profited so much that thou respectest thyself, thou mayest let go thy tutor. Seneca Say nothing of yourself, either good, bad or indifferent; nothing good, for that is vanity; nothing bad, for that is affectation; nothing indifferent, for that is silly. A man's accusations of himself are always believed; his praises of self never. Montaigne Seeds of Success Success is doing what has to be done, when it has to be done, the way it ought to be done, whether you want to do it or not. A man's praises have very musical and charming accents in the mouth of another, but sound very flat and untunable in his own. Xenophon He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. Socrates Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. Epicurus Nothing in the world will take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than the unsuccessful person with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge Wealth is not acquired, as many people suppose, by fortunate speculations and splendid enterprises, but by the daily practice of industry, frugality, and economy. He who depends upon these means will rarely be found destitute, and he who relies upon any other will generally become bankrupt. Francis Wayland A good foundation, definite goals, and an effective working set of tactics -- that is what brings the stars down to earth. Effective tactics bring results - but not in a day, not in a week - perhaps a year, perhaps five years; and so with effective tactics one needs patience and courage - especially courage - courage to stick with your tactics in the face of criticism and ridicule. The Race of Life can be likened unto a general directing a huge army of many divisions - the crucial element is the strategy employed - and success or failure cannot be determined by looking at the success or failure of one small element. The main question is the effectiveness and strength of the overall strategy. The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom. Plato Children are people under construction. No man is free who is a slave to the flesh. Lucius Annaeus Seneca To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals. Benjamin Franklin One person can bring a horse to the river but a hundred cannot make it drink. When a person grows to like himself, he becomes more tolerant of others. Strawberry Wisdom by Lao Wei Many people worry a lot today about tomorrow because they didn't worry a little yesterday about today. Capsules of Wisdom If you do not desire much, little will seem much to you, for small wants give poverty the power of wealth. Democritus If you treat everybody courteously, it will surprise you how courteous they all become. Skunk River Sage Those who have learned to love most have learned to forgive most. Table Talk Content lodges oftener in cottages than palaces. Thomas Fuller One cannot love what he cannot respect, whether it be himself or another. Scott Keyes Success doesn't spoil anybody who wasn't a little rotten to begin with. Joni Cagle If you have a clear conscience and good health, if you have a few good friends and a happy home, if your heart has kept its youth and your soul its honesty, then cheer up --- you are one of life's fortunate millionaires. American Salesman He that respects himself is safe from others: He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Courtesy is owed; respect is earned; love is given. Ruth Brown If you want to be loved, you have to be worth loving. Ann Anderson Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle The more you lean on others, the leaner your chances of success. Dean Bowie The worst things: To be in bed and sleep not, to want for someone who comes not, to try to please and please not. Egyptian Proverb It's often easier to get what you want than to enjoy it after you have it. Frank Clark Money may buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag his tail. Lyle Brown When ignorance and arrogance marry, the devil is the matchmaker. Father Claude Kiarkowski in Catholic Quote A person needs some prominence to have enemies --- anyone can have friends. The Country Parson The small stones which fill up the crevices have almost as much to do with making the fair and firm wall as the great rocks; so wise use of spare moments contributes not a little to the building up in good proportions a man's mind. Edwin Paxton Hood It is wiser to lead than to push, to request than to demand, to suggest than to insist, to inspire than to compel, to motivate than to manipulate. William Arthur Ward Defeat never comes to any man unless he admits it. Josephus Daniels Since virtually all our troubles are caused by our own stupidity, to complain about our troubles is to confess our stupidity. ACIPCO News Express gratitude generously and sincerely; receive gratitude humbly and graciously; expect gratitude rarely if ever. William Arthur Ward All travel has its advantages. If the traveler visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own; and if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy his own. Samuel Johnson A sound body is a first-class thing; a sound mind is an even better thing; but the thing that counts for most in the individual as in the nation is character, the sum of those qualities which make a man a good man and a woman a good woman. Theodore Roosevelt Money can be lost ... beauty normally fades with the years ... health may fail or some disease may strike ... friends usually vanish, perhaps die. Only memories remain for as long as you live. So, live that your memories will make you glad rather than sad. George Dubow If there is one thing in life that you alone are the absolute and final judge of, it is whether you are a success or a failure. Joan Sweet We are all handicapped people; it's just that the majority of us have handicaps which don't show. Arnot L. Sheppard Jr. A seventh grade pupil in Cincinnati won a $25 Savings Bond for a suggestion that more "LSD" is the answer to today's drug abuse problem. The boy wrote in his essay: "What kids of today need is lots of LSD --- love, security and discipline." Herm Albright After several decades of working with people, listening to them, teaching them and counseling them, I have made the following observations: The joyful people are those who are generous and kind; the miserable people are those who are selfish and unforgiving. The problem solvers are those who are powered by faith and optimism; the problem people are those whose lives are drained by doubts and pessimism. The winners are those who have learned to take full responsibility for their actions; the losers are those who have a handy excuse for their failures. Troubles come to pass; they do not come to stay. Most of us are greater than we dare to believe. The simplist person can see God's hand in nature; the wise person can see God's face in his fellow man. William Arthur Ward Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. Max Ehrmann The secret to happiness and well-being is no mystery. All it takes is the ability to do the following: Forget. Apologize. Admit errors. Avoid mistakes. Listen to advice. Keep your temper. Shoulder the blame. Make the best of things. Maintain high standards. Think first and act accordingly. Put the needs of others before your own. Forgive. Worthwhile folks don't just happen. You aren't born worthwhile. You are born with the possibilities of becoming worthwhile. Your job is to discover and develop the man or woman you ought to be. Robert Louis Stevenson Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little. Plutarch Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt. Franklin An obstinate man does not hold opinions; they hold him. Alexander Pope Folks with good habits also seem to have most of the good luck. The Country Parson Only choose in marriage a woman whom you would choose as a friend if she were a man. Joseph Joubert Truthfulness is a cornerstone in character, and if it is not firmly laid in youth, there will ever be a weak spot in the foundation. Jefferson Davis Happiness is inward and not outward, and so it does not depend on what we have but on what we are. Henry Van Dyke The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust, and that real life is love, laughter and work. Elbert Hubbard There is no man that lives who does not need to be drilled, disciplined and developed into something higher and nobler and better than he is by nature. Henry Ward Beecher Even the wisest men make fools of themselves about women and even the most foolish woman is wise about men. Theodor Reik For every man you can trust, there was first a boy who was trusted. Robert Brault Wealth, after all, is a relative thing, since he that has little, and wants less, is richer than he who has much and wants more. C. C. Colton There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be willing to climb himself. Andrew Carnegie The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. Albert Schweitzer Benjamin Franklin's Thirteen Guiding Precepts 1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. 2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation. 3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. 4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. 5. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing. 6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions. 7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly. 8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty. 9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve. 10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation. 11. Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable. 12. Chastity. 13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates. The prescription for happiness is best filled by a loving mate. Frank Walsh Only the loving find love --- and they never have to look. Alice Wheeler Our attitude toward the world around us depends upon what we are ourselves. If we are selfish, we will be suspicious of others. If we are of a generous nature, we will likely be more trustful. If we are quite honest ourselves, we won't always be anticipating deceit in others. If we are inclined to be fair, we won't feel we are being cheated. In a sense, looking at people around you is like looking in a mirror. You see a reflection of yourself. Good Reading There is no disguise which can long conceal love where it does exist or feign it where it does not exist. Francois de la Rochefoucauld Blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. If you want respect, show others you respect them. Don't ever slam a door; you might want to go back. Outdoor Power Equipment He approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right. Cato the Elder The truly wise are always simple --- simple friendliness, simple decency, simple goodwill between man and man. It is the little mind that spins complications. Eugene P. Berlin The greatest wealth is to live content with little for there is never want where the mind is satisfied. Lucretius All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. Buddha Happiness is dependent on the taste and not on things. It is by having what we like that we are made happy, not by having what others think desirable. Francois de La Rochefoucauld It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness; and I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly great man that was not truly virtuous. Franklin Some rules for living from Robert Louis Stevenson: 1. Make up your mind to be happy --- learn to find pleasure in simple things. 2. Make the best of circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow. 3. Don't take yourself too seriously. 4. Don't let criticism worry you --- you can't please everyone. 5. Don't let your neighbors set your standards --- be yourself. 6. Do things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt. 7. Don't borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than actual ones. 8. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities or grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy. 9. Have many interests. If you can't travel, read about places. 10. Don't hold post-mortems or spend time brooding over sorrows and mistakes. 11. Don't be the one who never gets over things. 12. Keep busy at something. A very busy person never has time to be unhappy. A person who talks about his inferiors hasn't any. Hawaiian Proverb He who seeks fulfillment will not find it in the horn of plenty, in the fountain of youth, on the merry-go-round of revelry nor in the armory of prestige, popularity and power, but on the humble path of gratitude and service to his fellow man. William Arthur Ward There are far too many people in the world who live without working, and far too many who work without living. Diogenes It is the parents who allow their children to do everything they please who are not loved later in life. Fulton J. Sheen Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. Lin Yutang Few persons realize how much of their happiness is dependent upon their work, upon the fact that they are kept busy and not left to feed upon themselves. Happiness comes most to persons who seek her least, and think least about it. It is not an object to be sought; it is a state to be induced; It must follow and not lead. It must overtake you and not you overtake it. John Burroughs Real security is based on wanting less --- not having more. The Country Parson Beauty pleases the eyes only; sweetness of disposition charms the soul. Voltaire To make the destruction of a child sure, give him unwatched liberty after dark. Henry Ward Beecher Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation. Honore de Balzac So remarkably perverse is the nature of man that he despises those that court him and admires whoever will not bend before him. Thucydides If you worry about what people think of you, it means that you have more confidence in their opinions than you have in your own. Harold Hayden As restrictions and prohibitions are multiplied, the people grow poorer and poorer. When they are subjected to overmuch government, the land is thrown into confusion. Lao-tzo He who looks for a mule without a fault goes on foot. Spanish Proverb Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources. Herbert Spencer It is vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world. George Dennison Prentice What's done to children, they will do to society. Dr. Karl Menninger If you want to know the secret of a long, happy marriage, study the wife, not the husband. Jean Jacques Rousseau You never can win an argument if you're having it with someone who doesn't understand the subject. The Country Parson The true way to gain much is never to desire to gain too much. He is not rich that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is not poor that enjoys little, but that wants much. Francis Beaumont He who teaches his child to be thrifty and economical has already bequeathed him a fortune. Garth Henrichs It is not lack of love but lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzche Never speak ill of yourself; your friends will always say enough on that subject. Talleyrand I don't waste time worrying about what I don't have. I just try to do the best I can with what I do have. Harry S Truman The finest hours of life are not those spent among groups of people, but in good conversation with a few, in reading good books, in listening to great music, wandering in a forest of giant Sequoias, peering into a microscope, unraveling Nature's secrets in a laboratory. The men who have the most to give their fellowmen are those who have enriched their minds and hearts in solitude. It is a poor education that does not fit a man to be alone with himself. Joel Henry Hildebrand When we have provided against cold, hunger and thirst, all the rest is but vanity and excess. Seneca A man's accusations of himself are always believed; his praises of self never. Michael de Montaigne It is with our judgment as with our watches. No two go just alike, yet each believes his own. Alexander Pope Wisdom isn't the acquisition of knowledge. It's knowing which knowledge is worth acquiring. Frank Tyger Nothing is more certain than this --- the person who cannot be happy without money will never be happy with money. One has only to read the daily papers to see that the wealthiest are not necessarily the happiest. If money does not make people happy, neither does it keep them from being happy. Happiness is independent of money, but dependent upon the spirit within. Harold Hayden A man's hatred of his own condition no more helps to improve it than hatred of other people tends to improve them. George Santayama Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able and yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom. William Penn We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves. The consciousness of wrong-doing makes us irritable, and our heart in its cunning, quarrels with what is outside it, in order that it may deafen clamor within. Henri Frederic Amiel The secret of happiness is something to do. John Burroughs Nothing is more unworthy of a wise man, or ought to trouble him more, than to have allowed more time for trifling and useless things than they deserved. Plato It goes far toward making a man faithful to let him understand that you think him so; and he that does but suspect that I will deceive him gives me a sort of right to do so. Seneca There are two ways to sufficiency and happiness. We may either diminish our wants or augment our means; either will do --- the result is the same. But if you are very wise, you will do both in such a way as to augment the general happiness of society. Benjamin Franklin The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to lose all desire for things beyond your reach. Lin Yutang The man who is inquisitive into the secrets of your affairs, with which he has no concern, should be an object of your caution. Men no more desire another's secrets to conceal them than they would another's purse for the pleasure of carrying it. Henry Fielding Take time to think --- thoughts are the source of power. Take time to play --- play is the secret of perpetual youth. Take time to read --- reading is the fountain of wisdom. Take time to pray --- prayer can be a rock of strength in time of trouble. Take time to love --- loving is what makes living worthwhile. Take time to be friendly --- friendships give life a delicious flavor. Take time to laugh --- laughter is the music of the soul. Take time to give --- any day of the year is too short for selfishness. Take time to do your work well --- pride in your work, no matter what it is, nourishes the ego and the spirit. Take time to show appreciation --- thanks is the frosting on the cake of life. My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. Herbert Hoover Man can live longer without food than without faith; longer without drink than without dreams; longer without rest than without respect. William Arthur Ward Every man loves himself more than all the rest of man, yet sets less value on his own opinion than on the opinion of others. Marcus Aurelius To spend before earning is to rest before working, to teach before learning, to speak before thinking and to build before planning. William Arthur Ward In every activity do your best and let the world make its own appraisal. You are what you are. Explanations seldom explain. Cultivate a fine sense of independence, based upon the assurance that you are loyal to a high standard of conduct. Grenville Kleiser We attract what we habitually expect; we become what we deeply believe. William Arthur Ward Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. Frank Outlaw I could prove God statistically. Take the human body alone --- the chance that all the functions of the individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity. George Gallop Quite often when a man thinks his mind is getting broader, it is only his conscience stretching. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends upon the unreasonable man. George Bernard Shaw "Don't tell your troubles to others" a Nantucket sea captain once advised me. "Most of 'em don't care a hang; an' the rest are damn glad of it." Robert Haven Schauffler Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out --- its the grain of sand in your shoe. Sin is first pleasing, then it grows easy, then delightful, then frequent, then habitual, then confirmed; then the man is impenitent, then he is obstinate, then he is resolved never to repent, and then he is ruined. Leighton A friend of Diogenes visited him and found him eating a dinner of lentils. The friend was a courtier in the court of the king. He said to Diogenes, "If you would learn to flatter you would not have to eat lentils." Diogenes replied, "And if you would learn to eat lentils you would not have to flatter." The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear to do and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Dale Carnegie Don't change horses while crossing a stream. American Proverb Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise. Cato the Censor Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life. Epicurus The unexamined life isn't worth living. Socrates The best way out of a difficulty is through it. Anonymous Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. From Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. Gibbon One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. Elbert Hubbard Constant dripping hollows out a stone. Lucretius True merit is like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes. Lord Halifax There is no education like adversity. Disraeli Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education. Victor Hugo I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding. Epicurus Bright lights cast dark shadows when shone from only one direction. David Kelley Men willingly believe what they wish. Julius Caesar Events of great consequence often spring from trifling circumstances. Livy The more corrupt the state, the more laws. Tacitus Anger so clouds the mind, that it cannot perceive the truth. Cato the Elder From lightest words sometimes the direst quarrel springs. Cato the Elder Grasp the subject, the words will follow. Cato the Elder I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right. Cato the Elder Lighter is the wound foreseen. Cato the Elder Patience is the greatest of all virtues. Cato the Elder Tis sometimes the height of wisdom to feign stupidity. Cato the Elder We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them. Cato the Elder Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise. Cato the Elder A happy life consists in tranquillity of mind. Cicero A life of peace, purity, and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age. Cicero A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation. Cicero As the old proverb says "Like readily consorts with like." Cicero Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which can be pointed out by your finger. Cicero He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason. Cicero Let your desires be ruled by reason. Cicero Nature herself makes the wise man rich. Cicero Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide. Cicero No one can speak well, unless he thoroughly understands his subject. Cicero 'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires. Lao-tzu Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat. Cicero Hunger is the best sauce. Italian Proverb Instinct is the nose of the mind. Mme. de Girardin Three can keep a secret if two are dead. Benjamin Franklin Money makes a good servant, but a bad master. Quoted by Bacon Who knows most says least. Beauty and folly are often companions. As is the gardener so is the garden. Great boaster, little doer. Hot love is soon cold. The handsomest flower is not the sweetest. He who decries wants to buy. Persuasion is better than force. The beaten path is the safest. He is the greatest conqueror who has conquered himself. Small faults indulged let in greater. The worst wheel always creaks most. Be swift to hear, and with patience give answer. The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart. A little neglect may breed great mischief. A fair skin often covers a crooked mind. More people are slain by suppers than by the sword. What the fool does in the end the wise man does in the beginning. It is easier to stem the brook than the river. In the land of the blind the one-eyed is a king. In prosperity caution --- in adversity patience. There are more foolish buyers than foolish sellers. No greater promisers than they who have nothing to give. Resolve slowly, act swiftly. The moth does most mischief to the finest garment. Better to deny at once than to promise long. Good words without deeds are rushes and weeds. The good seaman is known in bad weather. Little dogs start the hare, but great ones catch it. To a hasty demand a leisure reply. When I did well, I heard it never; when I did ill I heard it ever. Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life. He that speaks doth sow, he that holds his peace doth reap. Who lives to nature rarely can be poor --- who lives to fancy never can be rich. Where the world rebuketh there look out for the excellent. For want of a nail the shoe is lost; for want of a shoe the horse is lost; and for want of a horse the man is lost. Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. Don't count your chickens before they are hatched. Early to bed and early to rise makes a fellow healthy, wealthy and wise. Make hay while the sun shines. Haste makes waste. If you want enemies, excel your friends; but if you want friends, let your friends excel you. La Rochefoucauld What costs little is little valued. None are so blind as those who won't see. A man of pleasure is a man of pains. Most haste, worst speed! Labor warms, sloth harms. As is the gardner so is the garden. The pains of mind surpass the pains of sense. One eye of the master sees more than four of the servant's. There is a lower warmth in kin, but smaller truth in friends. The latter show more surface, and the first have more depth. Relations rally to the rescue, even in estrangement and neglect, where friends will have fled at thy defeat, even after promise and kindness. M. Tupper I had six honest serving men --- they taught me all I know; Their names were Where and What and When and Why and How and Who. Kipling The cow knows not what her tail is worth until she has lost it. If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble. Elbert Hubbard He who seeks only for applause from without has all his happiness in another's keeping. Oliver Goldsmith In most cases, all an argument proves is that two people are present. Tony Pettito The most consummately beautiful thing in the universe is the rightly fashioned life of a good person. George Herbert Palmer The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues. Marcus Aurelius We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. Goethe Know thyself. Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. Seneca Better be alone than in bad company. Never esteem anything of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self-respect. Marcus Aurelius It never occurs to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united. Goethe A true and genuine impudence is ever the effect of ignorance, without the least sense of it. Steele The man who cannot blush, and who has no feelings of fear, has reached the acme of impudence. Menander The way to avoid the imputation of impudence is, not to be ashamed of what we do, but never to do what we ought to be ashamed of. Cicero He that knows the world will not be bashful; he that knows himself will not be impudent. C. Simmons The man who tells me an indelicate story does me an injury. J. T. Fields An impure man is every good man's enemy. H. W. Beecher Few things are needful to make the wise man happy, but nothing satisfies the fool --- and this is the reason why so many of mankind are miserable. La Rochefoucauld All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. Two is company, three is a crowd. A stitch in time saves nine. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Familiarity breeds contempt. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Riches that are in the heart cannot be stolen. Russian Proverb Confidence is a plant of slow growth. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. Eccl. Love starts with the eyes. The luck of the ugly, the pretty wishes. A little neglect may breed great mischief. He who knows nothing is confident of everything. The highest art is artlessness. He that wants looking after is not worth looking after. Some people choose their ideas the way they choose their clothes --- according to the latest fashion. Tolstoy Some people will never learn anything, because they understand everything too soon. To the jaundiced all things seem yellow. If thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Bible Fear no ill but sin, no being but Almighty God. Our very wishes (when realized) give us not our wish. A handsome shoe often pinches the foot. A fool may be known by six things: anger, without cause; speech, without profit; change, without progress; inquiry, without object; putting trust in a stranger; and mistaking foes for friends. Arabian Proverb Every man is the architect of his own destiny. A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him. The nail that sticks up gets pounded down. Japanese Proverb In the way of righteousness is life; and in that pathway there is no death. Proverbs Sow a thought and reap an act Sow an act and reap a habit Sow a habit and reap a character Sow a character and reap a destiny The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Marcus Aurelius One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it. Persian Proverb Put an old cat to an old rat (i.e. it takes a wise old cat to catch a wise old rat) Work is often the father of pleasure. Voltaire A house is built a brick at a time. We climb a ladder a rung at a time. Thinking is the essence of wisdom. Persian Proverb Time ripens all things: no man is born wise. Cervantes Good manners are made of petty sacrifices. Emerson Never let the bottom of your purse or your mind be seen. Anonymous The mouse that has but one hole is soon caught. Arabian Proverb Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul. Pope We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. Goethe A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao Tzu To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves. Pope Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water. Cervantes Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice. Shakespeare He who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. Arabian Proverb Never let the bottom of your purse or your mind be seen. Anonymous A man should learn to sail in all winds. Italian Proverb All sunshine makes a desert. Arabian Proverb The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. Shakespeare The beginnings of all things are small. Cicero Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory. Cervantes Knowledge without sense is twofold folly. Spanish Proverb Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. Coleridge Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare. Dryden What one does, one becomes. Spanish Proverb A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit. Milton A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde A small hole can sink a big ship. Russian Proverb Don't see all you see and don't hear all you hear. Irish Proverb Every cloud engenders not a storm. Shakespeare When the fruit is scarcest its taste is sweetest. Irish Proverb One dog yelping at nothing will set ten thousand straining at their collars. Japanese Proverb Good nature, like a bee, collects honey from every herb. Ill nature, like the spider, sucks poison from the sweetest flower. Anonymous He conquers who endures. Italian Proverb We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. Goethe A man shows his character by what he laughs at. German Proverb Most people are other people. Their opinions are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Oscar Wilde It is more from carelessness about the truth than from intention of lying that there is so much falsehood in the world. Samuel Johnson Unless you enter the tiger's den you cannot take the cubs. Japanese Proverb Even among intimate friends there should be courtesy. Japanese Proverb Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Practice makes perfect. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. A place for everything and everything in its place. Two wrongs don't make a right. Easier said than done. Practice what you preach. One swallow does not make a summer. Vows made in storms are forgotten in calms. Like father, like son. Better late than never. When the cat is away, the mice will play. A little learning can be a dangerous thing. Birds of a feather flock together. Glass, china and reputation. Things never well repaired once cracked. Experience is the fool's best teacher; the wise do not need it. Welsh Proverb Goodness does not consist in greatness but greatness in goodness. Athenaeus Friendship increases by visiting friends but visiting seldom. Ben Franklin (1706-1790) God gave us the nuts but he doesn't crack them. German Proverb Great good nature without prudence is a great misfortune. Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Greed often overreaches itself. Aesop (c.620-560 BC) He that hath a trade, hath an estate. Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that is rich need not live sparingly and he that can live sparingly need not be rich. Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that pays for work before it's done, has but a pennyworth for two pence. Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that resolves to mend hereafter, resolves not to mend now. Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot. Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that waits on fortune is never sure of a dinner. Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He that would eat the fruit, must climb the tree. Scottish Proverb He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees. Ben Franklin (1706-1790) He who plots to hurt others often hurts himself. Aesop (c.620-560 BC) As you make your bed, so you must lie in it. English Proverb Distance is a great promoter of admiration! Diderot Pleasant it is to behold great encounters of warfare arrayed over the plains, with no part of yours in peril. Lucretius Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. Japanese proverb He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger. Japanese proverb Do you need proof of God? Does one light a torch to see the Sun? Japanese proverb If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy yourself, practice compassion. The 14th Dalai Lama He is poor who does not feel content. Japanese proverb The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha It is worthy to perform the present duty well and without fail, do not seek to avoid or postpone it till tomorrow. By acting now, one can live a good day. Buddha Hate is like acid. It can damage the vessel in which it is stored as well as destroy the object on which it is poured. Ann Landers Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes softly and sits on your shoulder. The best way to forget your own problems is to help someone else solve theirs. If there's no wind, row. Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money. Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail. Be kind. Every person you meet is fighting a hard battle. You can make more friends in a month by being interested in them than you can in ten years by trying to get them interested in you. God gave us two ears and only one mouth. Some people say that's because He wanted us to spend twice as much time listening as talking. Others claim it's because He knew that listening was twice as hard. An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything. Lynn Johnston The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift. Pierre Corneille Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. William Feather You can either complain that rose bushes have thorns - or rejoice that thorn bushes have roses. The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep. E. Joseph Coleman A slander is like a hornet; if you cannot kill it dead at the first blow, better not to strike at it. Josh Billings One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy - whether he knows about it or not. A. Battista The only people you should ever try to get "even" with are those who have helped you. John Honeyfeld You can't base your life on other people's expectations. We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. Omar Bradley It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top. A smile is contagious; be a carrier. To depend on one's own child is blindness in one eye; To depend on a stranger, blindness in both eyes. Malayan Proverb An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. Mohandas Gandhi The noblest revenge is to forgive. H. G. Bolon What you say means nothing, how you say it means everything. Kindness begets kindness. Sophocles If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama No act of kindness is ever wasted. Aesop Being good to others being good to yourself. Respect a man, and he will do the more. James Howell Politeness costs nothing and gains everything. Mary Montagu Civility costs nothing, and buys everything. Mary Montagu The weak can't forgive. Forgiveness is of the strong. M. Gandhi My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama Handle yourself, use head; Handle others, use heart. E.Roosevelt Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself. True religion is the life we lead, not a creed. Louis Nizer Love begins when nothing is expected in return. Antoine Exup Where there is love there is life. Mahatma Gandhi Man's character is his fate. Heraclitus The more you know the less you show. Character is power. Booker T Washington Before honor is humility. Proverbs 18:12. Character is what you do when no one is looking. Henry Huffman Have more than thou show, speak less than thou know. Shakespeare Humility - No one act big. No one act small. Everyone act medium. A lie has speed, truth has endurance. Edgar Mohn Life - a long lesson in humility. James Barrie Integrity needs no rules. Albert Camus Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. Sophocles Master habits before they master you. Men are not punished for their sins, but by them. Elbert Hubbard Diplomacy is thinking twice and saying nothing. The greatest truths are the simplest. Hosea Ballou Be sincere; be brief; be seated. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Use soft words and hard arguments. English Proverb Think before acting. Hear before judging. Listen before speaking. Think much, speak little, and write less. Italian Proverb Examine what is said, not him who speaks. Arab Proverb He who angers you, controls you. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. Robert Ingersoll Sow discord, reap regret. Arabian Proverb The best cure for anger is delay. Seneca A questioning man is halfway to be wise. Irish Proverb Knows others is wise, knows himself is enlightened. Tao Te Ching I have not failed. I've found 10,000 ways that won't work. T. Edison The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates Wise and slow. They stumble that run fast. William Shakespeare There is only one person you can change - YOU. Excellence is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle Keep your mouth shut and your ears open. Change yourself, then change the world. Study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly. W. Channing He is the richest who is content with the least. Socrates It is part of the cure to want to be cured. Seneca Motivation gets you started. Habit keeps you going. Jim Ryuh Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds. Shine. Buddha All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone. Pascal Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it. Pascal Men seek rest in a struggle against difficulties; and when they have conquered these, rest becomes insufferable. Pascal We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others. Pascal Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists. Pascal The more I see of Mankind, the more I prefer my dog. Pascal There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus. 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