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To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.
Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction.
War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
Children are given us to discourage our better emotions.
The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened. It's only the middle-aged who are really conscious of their limitations.
He looked like the kind of a guy that wouldn't talk to you much unless he wanted something off you. He had a lousy personality.
I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty ... you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.
I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.
Behind all its global responsibilities and impersonal style banking is still apeople business... it may be the most personal business of all for it always depends on the original concept of credit, meaning trust.
Even children learn in growing up thatbothis not an admissible answer to a choice ofwhich one?
Profits are the lifeblood of the economic system, the magic elixir upon which progress and all good things depend ultimately. But one man's lifeblood is another man's cancer.
The consumer, so it is said, is the king ... each is a voter who uses his money as votes to get the things done that he wants done.
Man is born with rainbows in his heart and you'll never read him unless you consider rainbows.
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
It's not a matter of life and death, it's more important than that!
Men, I'll be honest. Winning isn't everything. Men, it's the only thing!
Sure, winning isn't every thing; it's the only thing.
The governor is hiking the Appalachian Trail.
England is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, anomalies, hobbies, and humors.
Fashion is something barbarous for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears.
There is no good father, that's the rule. Don't lay the blame on men but on the bond of paternity, which is rotten. To beget children, nothing better; to have them, what iniquity!
When one does nothing, one believes oneself responsible for everything.
When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
When I was young, I was told:You'll see, when you're fifty.I am fifty and I haven't seen a thing.
You can never be an entrepreneur if you're afraid to lose money. It's like being a pilot who is afraid of bad weather.
Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.
Malice is of a low stature, but it hath very long arms.
Contract: an agreement that is binding on the weaker party.*
As I grow older and older
And totter towards the tomb,
I find that I care less and less
Who goes to bed with whom.
Every great man has a woman behind him ... And every great woman has some man or other in front of her, tripping her up.
Like many women my age, I am 28 years old.
Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; the same is true of fame.
People who are successful simply want it more than people who are not.
Crying is almost a ritual that male politicians must do to prove they are compassionate, but women are supposed to wear iron britches.
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet.
If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.
Happiness is a warm puppy.
I do not go to church anymore... I guess you might say I've come around to secular humanism, an obligation I believe all humans have to others and the world we live in.
The term that best describes me now issecular humanist.
It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work.
American people ... will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism:Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.
One can't say that figures lie. But figures, as used in financial arguments, seem to have the bad habit of expressing a small part of the truth forcibly, and neglecting the other part, as do some people we know.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics.
Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then.
The secret of staying young is mixing with older people.
O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!
Please return this book; I find that though many of my friends are poor arithmeticians, they are nearly all good bookkeepers.
Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.
Age puzzles me. I thought it was a quiet time. My seventies were interesting and fairly serene, but my eighties are passionate. I grow more intense as I age.
Life does not accommodate you, it shatters you. It is meant to, and it couldn't do it better. Every seed destroys its container or else there would be no fruition.
No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration - of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.
They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist....
Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Love means never having to say you're sorry.
True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.
Instead of giving contracts to strangers, we decided we could just as well give contracts to our own employees. We would encourage them to leave ... and start their own satellite enterprises.
All art is but imitation of nature.
He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment on his debt.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
Lack of confidence is not the result of difficulty; the difficulty comes from lack of confidence.
Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Quality control was treated as a fad here, but it's been part of the Japanese business philosophy for decades. That's why they laugh at us.
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
In a dream you are never eighty.
It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
The joy that isn't shared dies young.
A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel,
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.
Crabbed age and youth cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
Fathers that wear rags
Do make their children blind,
But fathers that bear bags
Shall see their children kind.
He that wants money, means, and content, is without three good friends.
I am your wife, if you will marry me;
If not, I'll die your maid, To be your fellow
You may deny me, but I'll be your servant,
Whether you will or no.
I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
for grief is proud and makes his owner stoop.
To me and to the state of my great grief
let kings assemble; for my grief's so great
that no supporter but the huge firm earth
Can hold it up:
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
Men are April when they woo, December when they wed: maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has; but I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.
O powerful love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other, a man a beast.
O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day,
Oh! how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition,
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart.
Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
Then, must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.
They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
This England never did, nor never shall,
Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
When the sea was calm, all boats alike
Show'd mastership in floating.
When we are born, we cry that we
To this great stage of fools:
Why, 'tis a happy thing
To be the father unto many sons.
Information is like an oyster. It has its greatest value when it is fresh.
Positive feedback makes the strong grow stronger and the weak grow weaker.
Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
Every man over forty is a scoundrel.
First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
He knows nothing and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
I think the most ridiculous sight in the world is a man on a bicycle, working away with his feet as hard as he possibly can, and believing that his horse is carrying him, instead of, as anyone can see, he carrying the horse.
I'm only a beer teetotaller, not a champagne teetotaller.
Idiots are always in favour of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the truly great in favour of equality.
If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion.
If you strike a child, take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.
Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.
Sister, you're trying to keep me alive as an old curiosity, but I'm done, I'm finished, I'm going to die.
The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty.
The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.
The price of ability does not depend on merit but on supply and demand.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
What God hath joined together no man shall ever put asunder; God will take care of that.
What if the child inherits my beauty and your brains?
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity.
Why should we take advice on sex from the pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn't!
You see things as they are and ask,Why?I dream things as they never were and ask,Why not?
Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
Youth is wasted on the young.
Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.
If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests.
I am on a drug. It's called
Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle;
Why not I with thine?
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
It's better to be the head of a chicken than the tail of a cow.
Leadership is the process of achieving a dream together, especially when that dream seems impossible to achieve.
For lots of big companies, their brand is worth so much to them that they can't endanger their reputation for being a quality company without really endangering their business performance.
Whenever we have compromised on our principles, we and our customers have been the losers.
The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind ahead even more than teamwork.
In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us.
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
For every year of life we light
A candle on your cake
To mark the simple sort of progress
Anyone can make,
And then, to test your nerve or give
A proper view of death,
You're asked to blow each light, each year,
Out with your own breath.
A complex decision is like a great river, drawing from its many tributaries the innumerable premises of which it is constituted.
I can't stand whispering. Every time a doctor whispers in the hospital, next day there's a funeral.
The only thing that endures is character. Fame and wealth - all that is illusion.
I'm losing it.
We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.
Money isn't what motivates entrepreneurs; it is acknowledgement - a craving for your ideas to be acknowledged.
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
Of all business activities, 99% are routine ... The entire 100% can be handled by managing the 1% of exceptions.
We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
F. E. Smith:
He was drunk as a judge.
The expression as I have always understood it issober as a judge.Perhaps you meanas drunk as a lord?
F. E. Smith:
Yes, my lord.
The world continues to offer glittering prizes to those who have stout hearts and sharp swords.
Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent.
Gentlemen, you are now about to embark on a course of studies which will occupy you for two years. Together, they form a noble adventure. But I would like to remind you of an important point. Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.
Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life - save only this - that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.
Well, the Lord is going to get another one.
Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.
Administrators are cheap and easy to find and cheap to keep. Leaders - risk takers: they are in very short supply. And ones with vision are pure gold.
Going to marry her! Impossible! You mean a part of her; he could not marry her all himself ... There is enough of her to furnish wives for a whole parish ... You might people a colony with her; or give an assembly with her; or perhaps take your morning's walk round her, always provided there were frequent resting-places, and you were in rude health.
One evil in old age is that as your time is come you think every little illness is the beginning of the end. When a man expects to be arrested every knock at the door is an alarm.
I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.
When history calls, history calls.
You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.
I would say that hardware is the bone of the head, the skull. The semiconductor is the brain within the head. The software is the wisdom and data is the knowledge.
As an anonymous participant in financial markets, I never had to weigh the social consequences of my actions ... I felt justified in ignoring them on the grounds that I was playing by the rules.
Financial markets ... resent any kind of government interference but they hold a belief deep down that if conditions get really tough the authorities will step in.
I am cautious about going against the herd. I am liable to be trampled on.
The prevailing wisdom is that markets are always right. I take the opposite position. I assume that markets are always wrong.
Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.
Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.
When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
It depends entirely upon the image of you that people have in their minds whether you will climb the ladder slowly, painfully, or with a rapidity that will surprise - and appall - your friends.
That indefatigable and unsavoury engine of pollution.
To age and imbecility resigned, I watch the struggles of my failing mind: Lumbering along the all-too-well-worn grooves. The poor old thing moves slowly - but it moves!
If men had to have babies they would only ever have one each.
My God. What's happened?
You see yourself as a good product that sits on a shelf and sells well, and people make a lot of money out of you.
We often say a speaker needs no introduction: what most of them need is a conclusion. In my view, an after-dinner speech - and I've experienced 40,000 of them - needs a good beginning, a good ending, and not much space in between.
Capital punishment: them without the capital get the punishment.
I dream for a living.
Fear cannot be without some hope nor hope without some fear.
What is the use of physicians like myself trying to help parents to bring up children healthy and happy, to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble?
The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.
Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
Common sense (which, in truth, is very uncommon) is the best sense I know of.
I recommend you to take care of the minutes for the hours will take care of themselves.
Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments add lustre, and many more people see than weigh.
Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.
I am because my little dog knows me.
Never make concessions.
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
Planning ahead is a matter of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.
All I ask is that you bust your heiny on that field.
Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.
Don't cut my throat, I may want to do that later myself.
Don't drink in the hotel bar, that's where I do my drinking.
The trick is growing up without growing old.
I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me.
Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.
Writing, when properly managed (as you may be sure, I think mine is), is but a different name for conversation.
A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy.
I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
The relationship of the toastmaster to the speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.
Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.
To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser.
It was totally a coincidence!
Intelligence becomes an asset when some useful order is created out of free-floating brainpower.
A diplomat ... is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.
The thought of owning an island is perhaps the most romantic concept left to humankind in the 20th Century.
The trouble with being a hypochondriac these days is that antibiotics have cured all the good diseases.
Working for a federal agency was like trying to dislodge a prune skin from the roof of the mouth. More enterprise went into the job than could be justified by the results.
Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.
Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.
Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?
Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert in anything.
Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
Underneath runs the main current of preoccupation, which is keeping one's nose clean at all times. This means that when things go wrong you have to pass the blame along the line, like pass-the-parcel, till the music stops.
There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Women are the real architects of society.
One's belief that one is sincere is not so dangerous as one's conviction that one is right. We all feel we are right; but we felt the same twenty years ago and today we know we weren't always right.
The only people who never make mistakes are those who have never taken a decision.
Family! ... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.
I am a devilish fellow, who has mastered many arts.
I have no wish at all to be agreatwriter, let alone agreatman. It would just embarrass me and betray a false position. I want to go in nightgown and underwear and be known as a scandal-writer, that wouldn't embarrass me.
I loathe people who keep dogs. They're cowards who have not got the guts to bite people themselves.
The accountants have told me that I can have one foot in Jersey, my left earlobe in the Isle of Man, and my right foot in Zurich and pay little or no tax, but ... I will not be running away to the South of France.
The priority in life is to keep an eye on the business and not to get lured into the high social life with groupie-type poseurs who wish to be seen with the new blue-eyed boy.
There should be some professional exam for these analysts. Most of the time they talk through their backsides.
We're going to be in the Hudson.
There are three things I always forget. Names, faces, and - the third I can't remember.
Freedom of the press in Britain means freedom to print such of the proprietor's prejudices as the advertisers don't object to.
If you don't understand what makes people tick, they won't tick.
Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
Every man desires to live long but no man would be old.
He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.
I shall be like that tree, I shall die at the top.
May you live all the days of your life.
There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
A beautiful face is a mute recommendation.
A friendship that can end, never really began.
A gift in season is a double favour to the needy.
A good reputation is more valuable than money.
A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation.
A small debt produces a debtor; a large one, an enemy.
A wise man will be the master of his mind. A fool will be it's slave.
A woman either loves or hates; there is no third.
A woman, when she thinks alone, thinks badly.
A wound born in victory is a wound without pain.
Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly.
An angry father is most cruel towards himself.
An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.
Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.
Confession of our faults is the next thing to innocence.
Confidence, like the soul, never returns, whence it has departed.
Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.
Courage comes by being brave; fear comes by holding back.
Cruelty is fed, not weakened, by tears.
Debt is the slavery of the free.
Delay is hateful, but it gives wisdom.
Depend not on fortune, but on conduct.
Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.
Each day is the scholar of yesterday.
Even a god finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time.
Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.
Familiarity breeds contempt.
Fate is not satisfied with inflicting one calamity.
Fortune is like glass - the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.
From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.
God looks at the clean hands, not the full ones.
Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings.
He gets through too late who goes too fast.
He is truly wise who gains wisdom from another's mishap.
He who has a mind to do mischief will always find a pretense.
He who has lost honor can lose nothing more.
He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.
He who spares the bad injures the good.
He who yields to his times acts wisely.
He whom many fear, has himself many to fear.
How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.
If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
In quarreling the truth is always lost.
It is a bad plan that cannot be changed.
It is a fraud to borrow what we are unable to pay.
It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others.
It is bad advice that cannot be altered.
It is better to learn late than never.
It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.
It is kindness to immediately refuse what you intend to deny.
It is not every question that deserves an answer.
It is only the ignorant who despise education.
Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid.
Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
Let those love now, who never loved before; let those who always loved, now love all the more.
Let your life be pleasing to the multitude, and it can not be so to yourself.
Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
Money alone sets all the world in motion.
Necessity knows no law except to conquer.
Never promise more than you can perform.
No one knows what he can do until he tries.
No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety.
One is not exposed to danger who, even when in safety is always on their guard.
One ungrateful man does an injury to all who stand in need of aid.
Pain forces even the innocent to lie.
Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything.
Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.
Practice is the best of all instructors.
Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.
Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he.
Successful guilt is the bane of society.
Take care that no one hates you justly.
The bare recollection of anger kindles anger.
The bow too tensely strung is easily broken.
The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
The fear of death is more to be dreaded then fear itself.
The gods never let us love and be wise at the same time.
The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.
The judge is condemned when the guilty is acquitted.
The miser is as much in want of what he has as of what he has not.
The most delightful pleasures cloy without variety.
The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.
The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.
The person who receives the most favours is the one who knows how to return them.
The poor man is ruined as soon as he begins to ape the rich.
The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment.
The remedy for wrongs is to forget them.
The things which belong to others please us more, and that which is ours, is more pleasing to others.
The timid man calls himself cautious, the sordid man thrifty.
The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.
The wise man avoids evil by anticipating it.
The wounds of love can only be healed by the one who made them.
There are some remedies worse than the disease.
There is a great difference between being born wise and only looking it.
There is always victory when there is agreement.
They live ill who expect to live always.
Those who have never tried the experiment of a holy life measure the laws of God, not by their intrinsical goodness, but by the reluctancy and opposition which they find in their hearts.
To accept a favour is to sell one's freedom.
To do two things at once is to do neither.
To refuse graciously is to confer a favour.
Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.
Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.
We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
We die as often as we lose a friend.
What is left when honour is lost?
When you confer a benefit on those worthy of it, you confer a favour on all.
When reason rules, money is a blessing.
Where there is unity there is always victory.
While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
You are in a pitiable condition if you have to conceal what you wish to tell.
You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.
You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.
You should make a woman angry if you wish her to love.
A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.