Maxims on Character and Life
In many cases, these sayings have been modified with a "modern" version for better comprehension.
- Visits should be short, like a winter's day.
Before you're too troublesome, hasten away.
- A house without a woman and warmth is like a body without a soul or spirit.
- He's a fool who makes his doctor his heir.
- Great talkers usually accomplish very little.
- Eat to live, but don't live to eat.
- After three days, people grow weary of a guest and rainy weather.
- To lengthen your life, decrease the amount of your meals.
- He who lies down with dogs will rise up with fleas.
- He's the best physician who knows the worthlessness of most medicines.
- There is no greater fool than a drunken man.
- God works wonders now and then;
Behold, a lawyer, who is an honest man!
- Better to slip with the foot than with the tongue.
- When successful, be moderate in your response.
- Hope of gain decreases pain.
- Don't be sick too late, nor well too soon.
- There have been as many great souls which are unknown to fame, as any of the most famous.
- He who cannot obey, cannot command.
- He who is wealthy does not possess it, it possesses him.
- An educated blockhead is a greater blockhead than one which is ignorant.
- Beware of the person who compliments everything you say.
- Look forward to the future or you will find yourself behind.
- Three people may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
- Fish and visitors smell after three days.
- It's easy to see the present but difficult to foresee the future.
- Don't throw stones at your neighbors', if your own windows are glass.
- Creditors have better memories than debtors.
- Nature heals and the doctor takes the fee.
- Well done is better than well said.
(Doing a good job is better than just talking about it.)
- The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.
(The squeaking wheel gets the grease.)
- Who has deceived you as often as you have deceived yourself?
- If you don't want to be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and decayed; either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing about.
- Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, but half closed afterwards.
- Don't wish so much to live a long time, as to live well during the time you have.
- Wink at small faults and remember that you have great ones.
- Her who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
- Use your time well, if you want to have relaxation.
- If you want to keep a secret from an enemy, don't tell it to a friend.
- Get up lazy one, and don't waste your life; in the grave there will be plenty of time for sleeping.
- Well done, is twice done.
- If you have something to do tomorrow; then, if it is possible, do it today.
- Make haste slowly.
- Do you love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Lost time is never found again.
- Everyone wants to live a long time, but no one wants to be old.
- Genius without an education is like silver in a mine.
- Speak little, do much.
- Who is wise? The one who learns from every one.
Who is powerful? The person who governs the passions.
Who is rich? Anyone who is content.
Who is that? Nobody.
- One today is worth two tomorrows.
- Work as if you were going to live 100 years.
Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
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