“Nature has always had more power than education.” — Voltaire (1739)

“Know when to speak — for many times it brings Danger, to give the best advice to kings.” — Hamlet, Act i., Sc. 3.

“It’s always something.” — Roseanne Roseannadanna (Gilda Radner)

“Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” — Publilius Syrus, Moral Sayings (1st c. B.C.)

“A bull does not enjoy fame in two herds.” — Rhodesian Proverb

“If fortune turns against you, even jelly breaks your tooth.”  — Persian Proverb

“When a rogue kisses you, count your teeth.” — Hebrew Proverb

“It is a pity to shoot the pianist when the piano is out of tune.”  — Rene Coty. quoted in Time, Jan. 4, 1957.

“Better a quiet death than a public misfortune.”  — Spanish Proverb

“They are not all saints who use holy water.”  — English Proverb.

“Even doubtful accusations leave a stain behind them.” — Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia (1732) 1395.

“Flattery sits in the parlour when plain dealing is kicked out of doors.” — Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia (1732).

“A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.” — Spanish Proverb

“A hungry man is not a free man.” — Adlai Stevenson (1952)

“A woman’s advice is no great thing, but he who won’t take it is a fool.” — English Proverb

“He who is shipwrecked the second time cannot lay the blame on Neptune.” — English Proverb.

“Three Spaniards, four opinions.”— Spanish Proverb.

“From listening comes wisdom, and from speaking repentance.” —  Italian Proverb.

“Half a brain is enough for him who says little.” — Italian Proverb.

“Men of few words are the best men.”  —Shakespeare, Henry V (1598-99), 3.2-40.

“Advice after injury is like medicine after death.”  — Danish Proverb.

“A cat pent up becomes a lion.” — Italian Proverb.

“When the mouse laughs at the cat, there is a hole nearby.” — Nigerian Proverb.

“Too much talk will include errors.” — Burmese Proverbs (1962), 461, ed. Hla Pe

“It is not enough to aim, you must hit.” — Italian Proverb

“Beauty, n. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.” —  Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1881-1911).

“She who is born a beauty is born betrothed.” — Italian Proverb.

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

“A book is a mirror:  if an ass peers into it, you can’t expect an apostle to look out.” — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Aphorisms (1764-99), tr. J. P. Stern.

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.”  — Descartes, Discourse on Method (1639), 1.

“Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.” — Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

“Bore, n.  A person who talks when you wish him to listen.” — Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1881-1911).

“Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly praised as that of character.” — Henry Clay

“He that does you a very ill turn will never forgive you.”— English Proverb

“The nice thing about egotists is that they don’t talk about other people.”  — Lucille S. Harper.

“Computers are useless.  They can only give you answers.” — Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

“A conscience which has been bought once will be bought twice.” —  Norbert Wiener, The Human Use of Human Beings (1954), 7.

“Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.” — Hesiod (800 B.C.)

“Evil deeds do not prosper; the slow man catches up with the swift.” — Homer (800 B.C. – 700 B.C.)

“I detest that man, who/hides one thing in the depths of his heart, and speaks forth another.” — Homer, Iliad (9th C.B.C.)

“The man who walks alone is soon trailed by the F.B.I.” — Wright Morris, A Bill of Rites, a Bill of Wrongs, a Bill of Goods, (1967), 7.

“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.” — Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (4th c. B.C.), 5-2, tr. J.A.K. Thomson.

“No man is good enough to be another man’s master.” — George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara (1905), 3.

“A cat pent up becomes a lion.” — Italian Proverb.

“All criminals turn preachers when they are under the gallows.” — Italian Proverb.

“He who holds the ladder is as bad as the thief.”— German Proverb.

“Aquaintance, n.  A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.”  — Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1881-1911).

“Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all.”  — Georg Christoph Lichtenbert (1742-1799)

“It’s good to hope, it’s the waiting that spoils it.” — Yiddish Proverb (1949)

“We cannot all hope to combine the pleasing qualities of good looks, brain, and eloquence.” — Homer, Odyssey (9th c. B.C.)

“If it were not for hope, the heart would break.” — Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia (1732)

“Hope has as many lives as a cat or a king.” — Longfellow, Hyperion (1839), 3.9.

“Justice  will not condemn even the Devil himself wrongfully.” — Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia (1732)

“When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.” — Sacha Guitry, (1948).

“Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.”  — Samuel Johnson, Rasselas (1759), 26.

“If fortune turns against you, even jelly breaks your tooth.” — Persian Proverb.

Gold will buy the highest honours; and gold will purchase love.” — Ovid, The Art of Love (c. A.D. 8), 2, tr. J. Lewis May.

“With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well too.”  — Yiddish Proverbs (1949), ed. Hanan J. Ayalti.

“Wealth maketh many friends.”— Bible, Proverbs 19:4.

“A false balance is abomination to the Lord:  but a just weight is his delight.” — Bible, Proverbs 11:1

“Moral principle is a looser bond than pecuniary interest.” — Abraham Lincoln (1856).

“Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings.” — Carl Sandburg, The People, Yes, (1936).

“The body pays for a slip of the foot and gold pays for a slip of the tongue.” — Malay Proverb.

“Aquaintance, n.  A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.”  — Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1881-1911).

“A blind man will not thank you for a looking-glass.” — Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia (1732), 18.

“A borrowed cloak does not keep one warm.” — Arabic Proverb.

“The borrower is a servant to the lender.” — Bible, Proverbs 22:7.


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