Solitude is often the best society
People who have little to do are excessive talkers.
A bird does not sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song.
—Joan Walsh Anglund (1926–2021) American Poet, Children’s Book Author
Insults should be written in the sand, and praises carved in stone.
If we cannot do what we will, we must will what we can.
Love and pregnancy and riding on a camel cannot be hid
A cat is a tiger that is fed by hand.
Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe.
Opportunity only knocks once
When a secret is revealed, it is the fault of the man who has entrusted it.
—Jean de La Bruyere (1645–96) French Satiric Moralist, Author
There is no such thing as an insignificant enemy.
You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.
Children are poor men’s riches.
No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.
Seeing is believing.
He who eats alone chokes alone.
A word uttered cannot be taken back
May your charity increase as much as your wealth
Every animal knows more than you do.
—American Indian Proverb
A scholar’s ink lasts longer than a martyr’s blood.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
—Confucius (551–479 BCE) Chinese Philosopher
If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile.
He who lives by medical prescriptions lives miserably.
He who praises me on all occasions is a fool who despises me or a knave who wishes to cheat me.
Beauty without virtue is like a rose without scent.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Bygone troubles are good to tell.
The robes of lawyers are lined with the obstinacy of clients
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.
That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.