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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Plodding wins the race.
- Aesop

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

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

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
- Aesop

Familiarity breeds contempt.
- Aesop

He that always gives way to others will end in having
no principles of his own.
- 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 is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

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

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

The gods help them that help themselves.
- Aesop

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

Example is the best precept.
- Aesop

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

Appearances are often deceiving.
- Aesop

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
- Aesop

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

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

Adventure is worthwhile.
- 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

Please all, and you will please none.
- Aesop

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
- Aesop

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

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

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

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

United we stand, divided we fall.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

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

Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
- Aesop

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

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
- Aesop

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Could we change our attitude,
we should not only see life differently,
but life itself would be different.
- Katherine Mansfield

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives
and not in what he is able to receive.
- Albert Einstein

We should take care not to make the intellect our god;
it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
- Albert Einstein

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor,
nor should life rest on a single hope.
- Epictetus

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

You should not confuse your career with your life.
- Dave Barry

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

We should not moor a ship with one anchor,
or our life with one hope.
- Epictetus

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

You either do it completely and utterly,
or you should stop doing it.
- Bono (paraphrase)

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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