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Any excuse will serve a tyrant. ...
by Aesop

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

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

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

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

 

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

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

Familiarity breeds contempt.
- Aesop

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The gods help them that help themselves.
- Aesop

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

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
- Aesop

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

United we stand, divided we fall.
- Aesop

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
- Aesop

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

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

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

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
- Aesop

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

Adventure is worthwhile.
- Aesop

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

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

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

Please all, and you will please none.
- Aesop

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

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

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

Appearances are often deceiving.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

Plodding wins the race.
- Aesop

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

Example is the best precept.
- Aesop

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

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law.
- The Buddha

Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

Any statement that is self-serving
is likely to contain untruths.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

If there is any one secret of success,
it lies in the ability to get
the other person's point of view
and see things from that person's angle
as well as from your own.
- Henry Ford

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau


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