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- If you break 100, watch your golf. If you break 80, watch your
- Smack your child every day. If you don't know why -- he does.
- Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking thought.
- Distrust unsolicited advice.
- Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
- Do not do what you would undo if caught.
- To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are.
- Never judge a work of art by its defects.
- Counsel is the mirror of the intellect. If, therefore, you would like to know the capacity of anyone, ask for their advice.
Muhammad Ibn Zafar Al-Siquilli
- Even as the iron cleaves to the magnet, so does success to patience. Endure, therefore, and you shall conquer.
Muhammad Ibn Zafar Al-Siquilli
- Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the plowshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring.
Henri Frederic Amiel
- Remember: It is 10 times harder to command the ear than to catch the eye.
Duncan Maxwell Anderson
- Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.
- If you fail to plan you plant to fail.
- When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum.
- Always imitate the behavior of winners when you lose.
- If you can't win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record.
- Take care that the face that looks out from the mirror in the
morning is a pleasant face. You may not see it again during the day, but
- If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the
world will not raise your price.
- Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.
- Be kind to your hair, you'll miss it when it's gone.
- Eat whatever thou likest, but dress as others do.
- When you are an anvil be patient; when a hammer, strike.
- Do not cut down the tree that gives you shade.
- Prepare for the worst; expect the best; an take what comes.
- Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose you.
- Don't condescend to unskilled labor. Try it for half a day first.
- If you don't run your own life, somebody else will.
- Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
- The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack.
- Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
- Give full attention and devotion to each act.
- Leave the wrong done by another where the wrong arose.
- If it is not right, don't do it; if it is not true, don't say it.
- B -
- Shop for security over happiness, and you buy it, at that price.
- There is surely no grrater wisrom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things.
- Seek not proud riches, but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly.
- Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
- He of whom many are afraid ought himself to fear many.
- The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
- Never practice two vices at once.
- You must know the the story of your culture and be proud of your ancestors.
- Avoid contradicting in general, especially people you love.
- Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.
James Matthew Barrie
- You must learn, day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon.
- Try to go through life a little bit hungry. You never know when you'll meet someone edible.
T.J. Bass, Half Past Human (1970)
- There is always time to take more time.
Augusto Roa Bastos
- Vilify! Vilify! Some of it will always stick.
- To make a good enemy, take a friend; he knows where to strike.
Marie-Josephine de Suin de Beausacq
- Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
Henry Ward Beecher
- You need to get up in the morning and say, "Boy, I'm going to -- in my own stupid way -- save the world today.
- When you see a snake, never mind where he came from.
- Always behave as if nothing had happened, no matter what has
- Call no man foe but never love a stranger.
- If you want to recapture your youth, just cut off his allowance.
- Don't turn a small problem into a big one. Just say yes to your mother.
- The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
- Think twice before you speak to a friend in need.
- Don't steal; thou'lt never thus compete successfully in business.
- Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then you can
let go when you want to.
- Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.
- Never run into debt, not if you can find anything else to run into.
- Figure out what your most magnificent qualities are and make them indispensible to the people you want to work with. Notice I didn't say "work for."
- Be glad today. Tomorrow may bring tears.
Be brave today. The darkest night will pass
And golden rays will usher in the dawn.
Who conquers now shall rule the coming years.
Sarah Knowles Bolton
- Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
- The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
- If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.
- Shop as though money were a consensual hallucination.
- Accessorize your rebellion.
- Take the kids to see what never was.
- Be profoundly superficial.
- Love the right wrong person.
- Never use intuition.
- Always behave like a duck -- keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.
- If you can't return a favour, pass it on.
- I believe you are your work. Don't trade the stuff of your life, time, nothing more than dollars. That's a rotten bargain.
Rita Mae Brown
- Better to be the servant of many masters than of another servant.
- If people turn to look at you on the street, you are not well dressed.
- Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is boring without it.
Pearl S. Buck
- Do not speak harshly to any one; those who are spoken to will answer thee in the same way. Angry speech is painful: blows for blows will touch thee.
Buddha, The Dhammapada (c. B.C. 300)
- O seeker! Rely on nothing until you want nothing.
- Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
- If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues.
- Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.
Leo F. Buscaglia
- At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.
- Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone.
- Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give
clearer light as to what is best to be done.
- Everyone should keep a mental waste-paper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it - torn up in unrecoverable tatters.
- To make pleasures pleasant, shorten them.
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- You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
- Don't wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
- Explain nothing. Put it there. Say it. Leave.
- You can get a lot more done with a kind word and a gun, than you can with a
kind word alone.
- If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten.
- Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
- Be not a slave of words.
- Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.
Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.
If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of
- If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying
there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.
- When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make a lemonade.
- Don't get your knickers in a knot. Nothing is solved and it just makes you walk funny.
- Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then
Lewis Carrol, from Alice in Wonderland
- Don't get mad. Don't get even. Just get elected, then get even.
- If you aren't rich, ou should always look useful.
- Never stand begging for what you have the power to earn.
Miguel de Cervantes
- Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.
Miguel de Cervantes
- Patience, and shuffle the cards.
Miguel de Cervantes
- Let everyone turn himself around, and look at home, and he will find enough to do.
Miguel de Cervantes
- In action, be primitive; in foresight, a strategist.
- Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.
- You must look into people, as well as at them.
- Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Whenever a man seeks your advice he generally seeks your praise.
- Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
- The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
G. K. Chesterton
- When you walk through your neighbor's melon patch, do not tie your shoe.
- To know the road ahead ask those coming back.
- Never try to catch two frogs with one hand.
- Hold back some goods for a thousand days and you will be sure to sell at a profit.
- Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
- If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or
clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back
and hit it again. Then hit it a third time--a tremendous whack.
- When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.
- If you're going through hell, keep going.
- If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
- Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
Karen Kaiser Clark
- Strain every nerve in every possible way to know and experience yourself as you really are.
The Cloud of Unknowing
- You've never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.
- Advice is like snow; the softr it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- The secret of having a personal life is not answering too many questions about it.
- Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody.
John Churton Collins
- Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck
James Bryant Conant
- From now on - specialize; never again make any concession to the ninety-nine percent of you which is like everyon else at the expense of the one percent which is unique.
- No man ever listened himself out of a job.
- Never drink black coffee at lunch; it will keep you awake all afternoon.
- Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with People
Don Corleone from The Godfather by Mario Puzo
- Eat bread at pleasure, drink wine by measure.
- Sunburn is very becoming -- but only when it is even -- one must be
careful not to look like a mixed grill.
- Keeping your clothes well pressed will keep you from looking hard
- There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, hire
someone, or forbid your kids to do it.
- Put your trust in God -- but keep your powder dry.
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- Pistachio nuts, the red ones, solve any problem.
Paula Danzinger, The Pistachiio Prescription (1978)
- Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.
- Ask counsel of him who governs himself well.
Leonardo da Vinci
- If you want a thing well done, get a couple of old broads to do it.
- The real world is not easy to live in. It is rough; it is slippery. Without the most clear-eyed adjustments we fall and get crushed. A man must stay sober: not always, but most of the time.
- Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many, not
on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
- Keep up appearances whatever you do.
- Don't bite the hand that has your allowance in it.
- Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
- Be nice to your children, for they will choose your rest home.
- Life is too short to be small.
- Never take anything for granted.
- Never complain and never explain.
- Be frank and explicit. That is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
- Read no history; nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
- Damn your principles. Stick to your party.
- Beware the fury of a patient man.
John Dryden, Oedipus, 1679
- Trust everybody, but cut the cards.
Finley Peter Dunne
- Win any way as long as you can get away with it. Nice guys finish