All of us are crazy in one way or another.
If one man praises you, a thousand will repeat the praise.
Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.
Use your enemy’s hand to catch a snake.
What is told into the ear of a man is often heard a hundred miles away.
Who is a hero? He who turns his enemy into a friend.
—The Talmud Sacred Text of the Jewish Faith
Honesty is like an icicle; if once it melts that is the end of it
Expensive medicines are always good: if not for the patient, at least for the druggist
It is the duty of children to wait on elders, and not the elders on children
Revenge is a confession of pain.
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
The old forget, the young don’t know
Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.
A knife wound heals; a wound caused by words does not
Distance tests a horse’s strength. Time reveals a person’s character.
Do not dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
If you want an audience start a fight.
False friends are worse than bitter enemies.
He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.
Too much luck is bad luck
Proverbs are somewhat analogous to those medical formulas which, being in frequent use, are kept ready made up in the chemists’ shops, and which often save the framing of a distinct prescription.
—Richard Whately (1787–1863) English Philosopher, Theologian
Few maxims are true from every point of view.
—Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues (1715–47) French Moralist, Essayist, Writer
He who is unable to dance says that the yard is stony
Hygiene is two thirds of health.
Prayers go up and blessings come down.
Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
Our passions are the winds that propel our vessel. Our reason is the pilot that steers her. Without winds the vessel would not move and without a pilot she would be lost.
The one who understands does not speak; the one who speaks does not understand
I am of opinion that there are no proverbial sayings which are not true, because they are all sentences drawn from experience itself, who is the mother of all sciences.
—Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) Spanish Novelist