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A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy.
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

United we stand, divided we fall.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

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

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
- Aesop

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
- Aesop

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

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

Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
- Aesop

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

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

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
- Aesop

Adventure is worthwhile.
- Aesop

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

Appearances are often deceiving.
- Aesop

Plodding wins the race.
- Aesop

Familiarity breeds contempt.
- Aesop

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

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

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

Example is the best precept.
- Aesop

The gods help them that help themselves.
- Aesop

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
- Aesop

People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please all, and you will please none.
- Aesop

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

In doubtful cases the more liberal interpretation must always be preferred.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I was a little doubtful about the propriety of going
to the Mammoth Cave without a gentleman escort,
but if two ladies travel alone they must have the courage of men.
- Maria Mitchell

I put forward formless and unresolved notions,
as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools,
not to establish the truth but to seek it.
- Michel de Montaigne

All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point
should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike,
friendship, anger or pity.
- Sallust

It may be doubtful, at first, whether a person is an enemy or friend.
Meat, if not properly digested, becomes poison;
But poison,
if used rightly, may turn medicinal.
- Saskya Pandita

I cannot explain it; but when difficulties arise,
I am not perplexed or doubtful.
I know how to meet them.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

And we've become very doubtful of our information sources,
because they're all controlled by these huge multilateral corporations.
- Brian De Palma

Are we a Christian nation now? It's doubtful.
But did we start out as one? Without question.
- Pat Robertson

For the last half of my life I have had the doubtful
benefit of a brother whose literary reputation is much greater than my own.
- Laurence Housman

Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful
companion if you have him all to yourself,
his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.
- Charles Dickens

In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably
be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the
opportunity of an education.
- Earl Warren

Beware prejudices.
They are like rats, and men's minds are like traps;
prejudices get in easily,
but it is doubtful if they ever get out.
- Lord Jeffrey

I think people really marry far too much;
it is such a lottery after all,
and for a poor woman a very doubtful happiness.
- Queen Victoria

A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity
to the point of doubtful sanity.
- Robert Frost

All who consult on doubtful matters,
should be void of hatred,
friendship, anger, and pity.
- Sallust

In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things,
liberty; in all things, charity.
- Anne Baxter

Nothing seems to me more doubtful than Aristotle's
remark that it is probable the arts and philosophy
have several times been discovered and several times lost.
- Julien Benda

That justice should be administered between men,
it is necessary that testimonies of fact be alleged;
and that witnesses should apprehend themselves greatly
obliged to discover the truth,
according to their conscience, in dark and doubtful cases.
- Isaac Barrow


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