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If you allow men to use you for your own purposes,
by Aesop

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

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

Outer show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
- 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

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

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Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

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

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

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

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
- Aesop

Appearances are often deceiving.
- Aesop

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
- Aesop

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

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

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

The gods help them that help themselves.
- 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

Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
- 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 little reed, bending to the force of the wind,
soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
- Aesop

Familiarity breeds contempt.
- Aesop

Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
- Aesop

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

Example is the best precept.
- Aesop

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

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

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
- Aesop

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

United we stand, divided we fall.
- Aesop

Please all, and you will please none.
- Aesop

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

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
- Aesop

Adventure is worthwhile.
- Aesop

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

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

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

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

Plodding wins the race.
- Aesop

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

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

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

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

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

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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


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