Envy shoots at others and wounds itself.
Separation secures manifest friendship
God gives all birds their food but does not drop it into their nests
Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.
Even when throwing in the river, measure what you throw
Eat little, sleep sound
Charity looks at the need and not at the cause.
Don’t think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
To him who is determined it remains only to act.
With much wealth comes many worries
Never advise anyone to go to war or to get married.
Too much luck is bad luck
Life is not a continuum of pleasant choices, but of inevitable problems that call for strength, determination, and hard work
Burgundy for Kings, Champagne for Duchesses, and claret for Gentlemen
All sunshine makes the desert.
Fall seven times and stand up eight.
Books and proverbs receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.
—William Temple (1881–1944) British Clergyman, Theologian
Lawless are they that make their wills their law.
It is impossible to overdo luxury
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
—Sophocles (495–405 BCE) Ancient Greek Dramatist
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.
Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
He who suffers much will know much
He who cannot dance says the stage is not ready
After dinner sit a while, and after supper walk a mile.
A merry heart does good like medicine.
A secret is like a dove: when it leaves my hand it takes wing.
Before you love, Learn to run through the snow Leaving no footprint
Better a friendly refusal than an unwilling consent.
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
He who conquers his anger has conquered an enemy
Defeat the Defeat before the Defeat Defeat’s you.
Roses fall, but the thorns remain.
Prayers go up and blessings come down.
The cat loves fish, but she’s loath to wet her feet.
Ignorance is not privileged by titular degrees
Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
—Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) Spanish Novelist
I want nothing to do with any religion concerned with keeping the masses satisfied to live in hunger, filth, and ignorance. I want nothing to do with any order, religious or otherwise, which does not teach people that they are capable of becoming happier and more civilized, on this earth, capable of becoming true man, ‘master of his fate and captain of his soul’.
—Jawaharlal Nehru (1889–1964) Indian Head of State
It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one’s present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason.
If we cannot do what we will, we must will what we can.
Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence.
Hunger is the best sauce.
Making the beginning is one third of the work.
By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.
To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping
Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it’s warm and you won’t see the dust on the floor.
The tree of revenge does not carry fruit
In time of prosperity friends will be plenty; In time of adversity not one in twenty.
—James Howell (c.1593–1666) Anglo-Welsh Writer, Historian
No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.