We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
Better to starve free than be a fat slave.
He who incites to strife is worse than he who takes part in it.
Even a hare, the weakest of animals, may insult a dead lion.
Being a good example teaches others to be good.
It pays to be prepared.
There are many statues of men slaying lions, but if only the lions were sculptors there might be quite a different set of statues.
Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.
Save for a rainy day.
You will only injure yourself if you take notice of despicable enemies.
Labour is the source of every blessing.
Enemies promises were made to be broken.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
There can be little liking where there is no likeness.
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.
Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.
Zeal should not outrun discretion.
Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.
Our mere anticipations of life outrun its realities.
Union gives strength.
He who plots to hurt others often hurts himself.
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
Your birthday is the vintage of your wine; the mark that warns you of your future.
Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.
It is easy to despise what you cannot get.
Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find-nothing.
Never trust advice from a man in the throes of his own difficulty.
Don't believe everything you hear.
Every man for himself.
Yield to all and you will soon have nothing to yield.
We often despise what is most useful to us.
If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs.
He that has many friends, has no friends.
Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Beware of a wolf in sheep's clothing.
What's bred in the bone will stick to the flesh.
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.
In union there is strength.
Those who seek to please everybody please nobody.
Lay not the blame on me, O sailor, but on the winds. By nature I am as calm and safe as the land itself, but the winds fall upon me with their gusts and gales, and lash me into a fury that is not natural to me.
The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
Evil wishes, like chickens, come home to roost.
Self conceit may lead to self destruction.
Those who enter through the back door can expect to be shown out through the window.
Don't pretend to be something you aren't.
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
It is foolish to try to imitate the skills of others.
The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
Conceit may bring about one's own downfall.
Happy is the person who learns from the misfortunes of others.
Enemies' promises were made to be broken.
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
Good things come in small packages.
After the rain cometh the fair weather.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough.
Gentle persuasion succeeds where force fails.
Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.
Slow but steady wins the race.
Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
United we stand, divided we fall.
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
In a crisis, give help first and then advice.
Appearances are often deceiving.
He that is neither one thing nor the other has no friends.
The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
Adversity tests the sincerity of friends.
Better poverty without a care than wealth with its many obligations.
Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
The value is in the worth, not in the number.
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
Please all, and you will please none.
You may share the labors of the great, but you will not share the spoil.
Only cowards insult dying majesty.
We should use our judgment before coming to a decision.
The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
Who acts in haste repents at leisure.
Slow and Steady wins the race.
Don't neglect the future in times of plenty, for tomorrow you may need what you wasted today.
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
A consciousness of misfortunes arising from a man's own misconduct aggravates their bitterness.
Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
Equals make the best friends.
It is useless attacking the insensible.
We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.
I thought these grapes were ripe, but I see now they are quite sour.
If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all.
Acquaintance softens prejudice.
It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.
It is possible to have too much of a good thing.
Much wants more and loses all.
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
A kindness is never wasted.
All men are more concerned to recover what they lose than to acquire what they lack.
It pays to be content with your lot.
Don't cry over spilt milk.
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
He that is hard to please, may get nothing in the end.
He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
The fly sat upon the axel-tree of the chariot-wheel and said, 'What a dust do I raise!'
Every man should be content to mind his own business.