It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth—don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.
There once was a bald man who sat down after work on a hot summer’s day. A fly came up and kept buzzing about his bald pate, and stinging him from time to time. The man aimed a blow at his little enemy, but – whack – his palm come on his own head instead; again the fly tormented him, but this time the man was wiser and said: “you will only injure yourself if you take notice of dispicable enemies.”
Topics: Enemies, Enemy
Fine feathers make fine birds.
I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
Appearances are often deceiving.
Man, don’t sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel. The gods help them that help themselves.
Obscurity brings safety.
The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
An oak and a reed were arguing about their strength. When a strong wind came up, the reed avoided being uprooted by bending and leaning with the gusts of wind. But the oak stood firm and was torn up by the roots.
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.
It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
Example is the best precept.
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