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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adventure is worthwhile.
- 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

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

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

United we stand, divided we fall.
- Aesop

Example is the best precept.
- Aesop

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

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
- 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

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

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

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

The gods help them that help themselves.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
- Aesop

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

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
- Aesop

Plodding wins the race.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

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

Familiarity breeds contempt.
- Aesop

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
- Aesop

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

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

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

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

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
- Aesop

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

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

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
- Aesop

Appearances are often deceiving.
- Aesop

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

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

Please all, and you will please none.
- Aesop

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu


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