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Please all, and you will please none. ...
by Aesop

Please all, and you will please none.
- 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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
- Aesop

Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
- Aesop

It is with our passions as it is with fire and water,
they are good servants, but bad masters.
- 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 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 in vain to expect our prayers to be heard,
if we do not strive as well as pray.
- Aesop

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
- 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

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

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

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

Familiarity breeds contempt.
- Aesop

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

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

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
- Aesop

United we stand, divided we fall.
- Aesop

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

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
- Aesop

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

Plodding wins the race.
- Aesop

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

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

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

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

Appearances are often deceiving.
- Aesop

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

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

The gods help them that help themselves.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adventure is worthwhile.
- Aesop

Example is the best precept.
- Aesop

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better
to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
- William J. H. Boetcker

A "No" uttered from deepest conviction
is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please,
or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
- Bill Cosby

Keep busy - with tasks that inspire you,
motivate you, or please you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is the quality of our work which will please God
and not the quantity.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The freedom we are looking for
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives
we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us
are not even aware that we are not free.
-Don Miguel Ruiz

I was thinking that I might fly today.
Just to disprove all the things you say...
please be careful with me, I'm sensitive,
and I'd like to stay that way.
- Jewel

I don't care whose fault this was, just get it sorted!
And could someone please bring me something deep fat fried
and smothered in chocolate.
- the movie Shrek 2

Greetings, cosmic children of the universe.
Welcome to my serenity circle.
Please leave all bad vibes outside the healing vortex.
- the movie Shrek the Third (2007)

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation,
the greatest pleasures cease to please.
- Epictetus

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea;
but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
- Abraham Lincoln

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
- Horace

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
- Jean de La Fontaine


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