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Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit;
by Aesop

Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit;
and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
- Aesop

Beware, lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
- Aesop

Outer show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
- Aesop

It is one thing to say that something should be done,
but quite a different matter to do it.
- Aesop

 

Poverty with security is better than plenty
in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
- Aesop

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
- Aesop

The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness,
however small, is ever wasted.
- Aesop

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We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.
- Aesop

United we stand, divided we fall.
- Aesop

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
- Aesop

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
- Aesop

No act of kindness, no matter how small,
is ever wasted.
- Aesop

Adventure is worthwhile.
- Aesop

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
- Aesop

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
- Aesop

The gods help them that help themselves.
- Aesop

He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
- Aesop

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.
- Aesop

Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
- Aesop

People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
- Aesop

Please all, and you will please none.
- Aesop

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
- Aesop

Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both,
before we commit ourselves to either.
- Aesop

The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
- Aesop

Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
- Aesop

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
- Aesop

Plodding wins the race.
- Aesop

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
- Aesop

After all is said and done, more is said than done.
- Aesop

Example is the best precept.
- Aesop

The little reed, bending to the force of the wind,
soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
- Aesop

It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard,
if we do not strive as well as pray.
- Aesop

It is with our passions as it is with fire and water,
they are good servants, but bad masters.
- Aesop

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
- Aesop

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
- Aesop

Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
- Aesop

If you allow men to use you for your own purposes,
they will use you for theirs.
- Aesop

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
- Aesop

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
- Aesop

Appearances are often deceiving.
- Aesop

Familiarity breeds contempt.
- Aesop

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
- Aesop

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.
- Aesop

The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.
- Aesop

Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
- Aesop

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
- Aesop

He that always gives way to others will end in having
no principles of his own.
- Aesop

A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
- Aesop

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
- Aesop

We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
- Aesop

It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
- Aesop

Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
- Aesop

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

You are to have implicit confidence in your own ability,
knowing that it is the nature of thought
to externalize itself in your health and affairs,
knowing that you are the thinker.
- Ernest Holmes

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
- Ambrose Bierce

Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your
secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.
- Andrew Carnegie

A religion that takes no account of practical affairs
and does not help to solve them, is no religion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When people get married because they think
it's a long-time love affair,
they'll be divorced very soon,
because all love affairs end in disappointment.
But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.
- Joseph Campbell

It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant
men in charge of affairs.
They expect too much of ordinary men.
- Thucydides

Who, then, will govern? The answer must be,
Man - for we have no angels in the shape of men,
as yet, who are willing to take charge of our political affairs.
- Andrew Johnson

So the major obstacle to the development of new supplies
is not geology but what happens above ground:
international affairs,
politics, investment and technology.
- Daniel Yergin

In all human affairs there are efforts,
and there are results, and the strength of the effort
is the measure of the result.
- James Allen

The proportion between the velocity with which men or animals move,
and the weights they carry, is a matter of considerable importance,
particularly in military affairs.
- Charles Babbage

The war...
was an unnecessary condition of affairs,
and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom
had been practiced on both sides.
- Robert E. Lee

As free citizens in a political democracy,
we have a responsibility to be interested and involved
in the affairs of the human community,
be it at the local or the global level.
- Paul Wellstone

Violence is never a solution in my plays,
just as ultimately violence is never a solution in human affairs.
- Edward Bond

Public opinion shapes our destinies and guides the
progress of human affairs.
- Frank B. Kellogg

And a musician has to learn to be frugal and to carefully
manage financial affairs.
- Charlie Byrd

The mistake that was made was, of course,
leaving Saddam in charge of affairs over there.
- John Dingell

I refer to calls for humanitarian intervention in the
affairs of another state -
a new idea,
this - even when they are made under the pretext of
defending human rights and freedoms.
- Boris Yeltsin


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