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Opportunity has hair in front; behind she is bald. If you seize her by the forelock, you may hold her; but if suffered to escape, not Jupiter himself can catch her again..

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Close your eyes and you will see.

Joseph Joubert

Do not suppose opportunity will knock twice at your door.

Nicolas de Chamfort

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that`s the essence of inhumanity.

George Bernard Shaw

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else`s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

Oscar Wilde

To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.

Confucius

It is opportunity that makes the thief.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

Voltaire

When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.

Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

Samuel Johnson

One mustn`t look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.

Gustave Flaubert

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I don`t think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble.

Agatha Christie

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.

Buddha

It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

Napoleon

A man`s true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.

Paul Valery

Never confuse movement with action.

Ernest Hemingway

It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

Thomas Carlyle

Do not regret growing old; many are denied the privilege.

Ogden Nash

The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.

Elbert Hubbard

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

Johnathan Swift

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

Lao Tzu

Words are the most powerful drugs used by mankind.

Rudyard Kipling

The fewer our wants, the nearer we resemble the gods.

Socrates

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Winston Churchill

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

Confucius

The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched. A tree does not know itself to be wretched.

Blaise Pascal

An aura as "a visible soul".

Joseph Joubert

There never was a good knife made of bad steel.

Benjamin Franklin

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.

Aesop

If you don`t get what you want, it`s a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price.

Rudyard Kipling

It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.

Anatole France

Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

To know what to ask is already to know half.

Aristotle

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.

Napoleon Hill

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

Francis Bacon

Action is the last refuge of those who cannot dream.

Oscar Wilde

Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.

Anatole France

Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest things in the world.

Jean de La Bruyere

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.

Heinrich Heine

Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.

Paul Valery

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat.

Napoleon Hill

A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.

George Orwell

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

Aesop

The young leading the young, is like the blind leading the blind; "they will both fall into the ditch".

Philip Chesterfield

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.

Buddha

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.

Henry Ford

All cats are gray in the dark.

Benjamin Franklin

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.

Anatole France

Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner, but at the same time let them feel the steadiness of your resentment.

Philip Chesterfield

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

Benjamin Franklin

When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

He who would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Thomas Paine

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

Oscar Wilde

It is impossible to love and be wise.

Francis Bacon

Politeness is the art of bearing boredom without being bored.

Joseph Joubert

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

Oscar Wilde

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?

Buddha

You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.

Joseph Conrad

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.

Arthur Conan Doyle

If I always appear prepared, it is because before entering an undertaking, I have meditated long and have foreseen what might occur. It is not genius where reveals to me suddenly and secretly what I should do in circumstances unexpected by others; it is thought and preparation.

Napoleon

Nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.

Johnathan Swift

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

Francis Scott-Fitzgerald

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

Arthur Conan Doyle

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.

Joseph Addison

Everyone hears only what he understands.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.

Blaise Pascal

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.

Napoleon

Nothing good ever comes of violence.

Martin Luther

Don`t worry about avoiding temptation... as you grow older, it will avoid you.

Winston Churchill

Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

William Shakespeare

The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Small minds are much distressed by little things. Great minds see them all but are not upset by them.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.

Aristotle

He who lives without folly is not so wise as he imagines.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

Confucius

There was no great genius without some touch of madness.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Very few of us are what we seem.

Agatha Christie

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

Aesop

Tolerance is another word for indifference.

William Somerset Maugham

A man`s worth has its season, like fruit.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A fool`s paradise is a wise man`s hell!

Thomas Fuller

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Joseph Addison

No man was ever wise by chance.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.

Philip Chesterfield

Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas A. Edison

The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.

Elbert Hubbard

Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die.

Martin Luther

Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.

Pablo Picasso

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Albert Einstein

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.

Benjamin Franklin

How can we expect another to keep our secret if we cannot keep it ourselves?

Francois de La Rochefoucauld
T

he most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say - because they were too obvious.

Andre Gide

Wisdom is the strength of the weak.

Joseph Joubert

Ability is nothing without opportunity.

Napoleon

To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action, when there`s more reason to fear than to hope.

Miguel de Cervantes

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

Isaac Asimov

When the time comes in which one could, the time has passed in which one can.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

To be content with little is difficult; to be content with much impossible.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.

Anatole France

Any man under 30 who is not a liberal has no heart, and any man over 30 who is not a conservative has no brains.

Winston Churchill

Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his mind.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.

George Sand

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Carl Gustav Jung

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.

Benjamin Franklin

The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

Elbert Hubbard

It is not possible now to keep a young gentleman from vice by a total ignorance of it, unless you will all his life mew him up in a closet and never let him go into company.

John Locke

Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.

Epictetus

It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.

Confucius

Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future.

Antoine de Rivarol

Just as politeness imitates kindness, so does grace imitate modesty.

Joseph Joubert

A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.

Stendhal

Who will guard the guards themselves?

Decimus Junius Juvenal

There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect.

Niccolo Machiavelli

 

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