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My Favorite Words of Wisdom -- Some Are Deep… Others Not So Much

Posted by Guy Pirro   07/05/2018 01:58AM

My Favorite Words of Wisdom -- Some Are Deep… Others Not So Much

“Your smartphone has already replaced your camera, your TV, your radio, your wristwatch, your calendar, your GPS, your credit cards, your newspaper, your magazines, and your local library... Maybe you should lift up your head, look away from the screen, and engage your family and friends in some face-to-face conversation -- Before your smartphone replaces them too.” - Guy J. Pirro





My Favorite Words of Wisdom -- Some Are Deep… Others Not So Much



"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal... Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
- Thomas Jefferson



“Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.”

- Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain)



“Two things are infinite, the Universe and human stupidity… And I am not yet completely sure about the Universe.”
- Albert Einstein



"Formal education will earn you a living... Self-education will make you a fortune."

- Jim Rohn



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



“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure… And never simple.”

- Oscar Wilde



"Talent hits a target no one else can hit... Genius hits a target no one else can see."
- Arthur Schopenhauer


"Science is built up of facts as a house is with stones... But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house."
- Henri Poincare



"Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."
- Friedrich Nietzsche



"To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail."
- Abraham H. Maslow



"Statistics are no substitute for judgment."
- Henry Clay



“Good judgment comes from experience… And a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”

- Will Rogers



“Most of the problems in life are because of two reasons -- We act without thinking or we keep thinking without acting.”

- Zig Ziglar



"Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity."
- Anonymous



“I used to be indecisive, but now I am not quite sure.”

- Thomas F. Cooper



"Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things."
- Kurt Vonnegut



“Doing what you like is freedom… Liking what you do is happiness.”

- Frank Tyger



“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

- Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)



"One who thinks by the inch and talks by the mile should be kicked by the foot."

- Anonymous



“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice… While in practice, there is.”
- Benjamin Brewster, Yale University, 1882



“Life is like a coin -- You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.”

- Lillian Dickson



"The worst enemy of life, freedom, and the common decencies is total anarchy... The second worst enemy is total efficiency."
- Aldous Huxley



“It's hard to be a woman -- You must think like a man, act like a lady, look like a young girl, and work like a horse.”

- Anonymous



"To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge."
- Benjamin Disraeli



“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap… But by the seeds that you plant.”

- Robert Louis Stevenson


"No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows."
- J. Robert Oppenheimer



“Most of us employ the Internet not to seek the best information, but rather to select information that confirms our prejudices.”

- Nicholas D. Kristof



“Books are like seeds -- They can lie dormant for centuries and then flower in the most unpromising soil.”

- Carl Sagan



“I give myself very good advice… But I very seldom follow it.”

-Charles L. Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll)



“The oldest, shortest words -- Yes and No -- are those which require the most thought.”

- Pythagoras of Samos


"Measure twice, cut once."
- Excellent advice from my father, Joseph Pirro, a master cabinetmaker

"There are no facts, only interpretations."
- Friedrich Nietzsche


"Learn from the mistakes of others -- You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance -- It is the illusion of knowledge."
- Stephen Hawking

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."
- Aristotle

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."
- Socrates



"Philosophy is common sense with big words."
- James Madison

"The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion."
- Arnold H. Glasow



"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubts."
- Abraham Lincoln



"Science is the father of knowledge… But opinion breeds ignorance."
- Hippocrates of Kos

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves... And wiser people so full of doubts."
- Bertrand Russell


"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak... Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
- Winston Churchill



"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark... The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."
- Plato

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
- Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain)

"Study the small print and learn by understanding... Ignore the small print and learn by experience."
- Guy Pirro

"Experience is the hardest kind of teacher -- It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward."
- Oscar Wilde


"The roots of education are bitter... But the fruit is sweet."
- Aristotle

"Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm."
- Publilius Syrus

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."
- Harry S. Truman

"A problem well stated is a problem half solved."
- Charles Kettering

“The first time you say something, it's heard… The second time, it's recognized… The third time, it's learned.”

- John C. Maxwell

"Making good judgments when one has complete data, facts, and knowledge is not leadership -- It's bookkeeping."
- Dee W. Hock

"Society is indeed a contract -- A partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born."
- Edmund Burke



“People can be divided into two classes -- Those who go ahead and do something... And those who sit still and inquire why wasn't it done the other way.”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes



"Real difficulties can be overcome... It is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable."
- Theodore Vail

"If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders."
- Pauline Phillips (aka Abigail Van Buren -- Dear Abby)



"I'm a man of simple tastes... I'm always satisfied with the best."

- Oscar Wilde



"True education is to learn how to think... Not what to think."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti



"When one door closes, another opens... But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us."

- Alexander Graham Bell

"I hear and I forget… I see and I remember… I do and I understand."
- Confucius

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
- Lao Tzu



“Common sense is not so common.”

- Francois-Marie Arouet (aka Voltaire)



“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes… The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”

- Otto von Bismarck



“An optimist is one who sees an opportunity in every difficulty… A pessimist is one who sees a difficulty in every opportunity.”

- Lawrence P. Jacks



“If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”

- Andrew Carnegie



“Nowadays, people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

- Oscar Wilde



“Not all those who wander are lost.”

- J. R. R. Tolkien



“Wise men speak because they have something to say… Fools speak because they have to say something.”

- Plato



“Always remember that you are absolutely unique -- Just like everyone else.”

- Margaret Mead



"No one of us is as smart as all of us"

- Ken Blanchard



“Seek first to understand and then to be understood.”

- Stephen R. Covey



“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

- Napoleon Hill



“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

- H. Jackson Brown



“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

- Norman Vincent Peale



“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

- Benjamin Franklin



“The whole is greater than the sum of parts.”

- Aristotle



“Confidence is contagious… So is lack of confidence.”

- Vincent T. Lombardi



"When you mix enthusiasm and ambition with incompetence, you get some pretty interesting results."
- Guy Pirro



“Great minds discuss ideas… Average minds discuss events… Small minds discuss people.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt



“Never tell people how to do things -- Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

- George S. Patton



"I have often regretted my speech -- Never my silence."

- Publilius Syrus



“It takes less time to do a thing right, than to explain why you did it wrong.”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare… But because we do not dare, things are difficult."

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca



“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted."

- Randy Pausch



“Choose being kind over being right and you'll be right every time.”

- Richard Carlson



“When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer Present or Not Guilty.”

- Theodore Roosevelt



“Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.”

- Alexander Haley



“Don't cry because it's over… Smile because it happened.”

- Ludwig Jacobowski



“Success is not a destination, it's a journey.”

- Zig Ziglar



“You see things (that are) and say Why? But I dream things that never were and say Why not?”

- George Bernard Shaw



“If you worry about what might be and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.”

- Anonymous



“Your beliefs don't make you a better person… Your behavior does.”

- Sukhraj S. Dhillon



“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion -- But not his own facts.”

- Bernard Baruch



“The classroom should be an entrance into the world… Not an escape from it.”

- John A. Ciardi



“Success is getting what you want… Happiness is wanting what you get.”

- Dale Carnegie



“Indecision, with the passing of time, becomes decision.”

- William G. Wilson



"The world we live in is vastly different from the world we think we live in."
- Nassim Taleb

"Prediction is very difficult -- Especially if it's about the future."
- Niels Bohr

"Good executives never put off until tomorrow what they can get someone else to do today."
- John C. Maxwell



 "We often do not see what we do not expect to see."

- Alan Lightman



"When you talk, you are only repeating something you already know... But if you listen, you may learn something new."

- Dalai Lama



“A lie will gallop halfway round the world before the truth has time to pull its breeches on.”

- Cordell Hull



“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.”

- Ansel Adams



“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

- Abraham Lincoln



“The old believe everything… The middle-aged suspect everything… The young know everything.”

- Oscar Wilde



"It's not what you look at that matters... It's what you see."
- Henry D. Thoreau



“Never confuse motion with action.”

- Benjamin Franklin



"Any jackass can kick down a barn... But it takes a good carpenter to build one."
- Sam Rayburn

"A very little key will open a very heavy door."
- Charles Dickens


"Great acts are made up of small deeds."
- Lao Tzu

"Everything is theoretically impossible -- Until it is done."
- Robert A. Heinlein



“Every man is the architect of his own fortune.”

- Gaius Sallustius Crispus



“Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge.”

- Alfred N. Whitehead



“It is better to know something about everything than everything about something.”

- Blaise Pascal



"Get your facts first... Then you can distort them as you please."
- Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain)



“Educators take something simple and make it complicated… Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.”

- John C. Maxwell



“God gave us the gift of life… It is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”

- Francois-Marie Arouet (aka Voltaire)



“There is no philosophical high road in science… We are in a jungle and find our way by trial and error, building our road behind us as we proceed.”

- Max Born



“There’s more to the truth than just the facts.”

- James C. Maxwell



“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.”

- Carl Sagan



“Give me but a firm spot on which to stand and a lever long enough, and I shall move the Earth.”

- Archimedes of Syracuse



“The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.”

- Euclid of Alexandria



“Everything's got a moral... If only you can find it.”

-Charles L. Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll)



“When it is not in our power to determine what is true, we ought to act according to what is most probable.”

- Rene Descartes



“Not only is the Universe stranger than we think… It is stranger than we can think.”

- Werner Heisenberg



“Science attempts to find logic and simplicity in nature… Mathematics attempts to establish order and simplicity in human thought.”

- Edward Teller


"Nature is the art of God."
- Dante Alighieri

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
- Thomas A. Edison

"Too often, we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."
- John F. Kennedy

"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."
- Wernher von Braun

"Don't talk unless you can improve the silence."
- Jorge Luis Borges

"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."
- Isaac Newton

"Originality is nothing but judicious imitation."
- Francois-Marie Arouet (aka Voltaire)

"Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants."
- Louis D. Brandeis

"Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"All science is either physics or stamp collecting."
- Ernest Rutherford

"The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man."
- Richard Feynman


"The more closely you look at one thing, the less closely can you see something else."
- Werner Heisenberg

"Physics is becoming too difficult for the physicists."
- David Hilbert, Mathematician



"Policies are many, Principles are few… Policies will change, Principles never do."

- John C. Maxwell



“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”

- Indira Gandhi



“Before you begin a new venture, make sure you understand the rules of the game, what you are risking,  and most importantly, when you will walk away.”

- Guy J. Pirro



“The first to apologize is the bravest… The first to forgive is the strongest… The first to forget is the happiest.”

- Anonymous



“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

- Lynn H. Hough


“Nature is always more subtle, more intricate, more elegant than what we are able to imagine.”

- Carl Sagan



“There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened.”

- James Lovell



“We think in generalities, but we live in details.”

- Alfred N. Whitehead



"Two possibilities exist -- Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not... Both are equally terrifying.

- Arthur C. Clarke



"The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said."

- Peter F. Drucker



“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

- Benjamin Franklin



"In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia."

- Robert A. Heinlein



"Even though you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there."

- Will Rogers



 "Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings."
- Salvador Dali



"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
- Albert Einstein

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
- Leonardo da Vinci

"Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you."
- St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits (aka "God's Marines")

"People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do."
- Lewis Cass

"The meaning of life is to find your gift... The purpose of life is to give it away."
- Pablo Picasso



“Do not follow where the path may lead… Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

- Muriel Strode



"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
- George Santayana



“He who desires peace, should prepare for war.”

- Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus



“When in doubt, leave it out.”

- Joshua Bloch


"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
- Benjamin Franklin

"The great tragedy of Science -- The slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact."
- Thomas Huxley



“Most people do not really want the truth… They just want reassurance that what they believe is the truth.”

- Anonymous 



“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

- Joseph P. Kennedy



“Never trouble trouble, till trouble troubles you.”

- John Adams



“Different strokes for different folks.”

- Clarence Darrow



“The pen is mightier than the sword.”

- Edward Bulwer-Lytton



“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

- Arthur Brisbane



"He who laughs last, thinks slowest"

- Anonymous

"The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese."
- Anonymous

"An optimist builds castles in the sky... A dreamer lives there... A realist collects rent from both of them."
- Anonymous



“The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.”

- Anonymous

"A camel is a horse designed by committee."
- Anonymous

Six Phases of a Project - Anonymous
1. Enthusiasm
2. Disillusionment
3. Panic and hysteria
4. Search for the guilty
5. Punishment of the innocent
6. Praise and honor for the non-participants



“A computer is almost human… Except that it does not blame its mistakes on another computer.”

- Anonymous

“Your smartphone has already replaced your camera, your TV, your radio, your wristwatch, your calendar, your GPS, your credit cards, your newspaper, your magazines, and your local library... Maybe you should lift up your head, look away from the screen, and engage your family and friends in some face-to-face conversation -- Before your smartphone replaces them too.”

- Guy J. Pirro

"Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons."
- Popular Mechanics, March 1949

"I do not think that the radio waves I have discovered will have any practical application."
- Heinrich Hertz, 1890



“Radio has no future… Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible… X-rays will prove to be a hoax.”

William Thomson (aka Lord Kelvin), 1895



"We don't like their sound… And groups of guitars are on the way out."

- Dick Rowe, Decca Records – on their decision not to sign the Beatles, March 1962



“It’s always in the last place you look… Of course it is -- Why would you keep looking after you found it?”

- George Carlin





International Words of Wisdom – Proverbs from around the world


"When you have completed ninety-five percent of your journey, you are halfway there."
- Japanese Proverb

"A diplomat must always think twice before he says nothing."
- Irish Proverb

"If you can walk, you can dance... If you can talk, you can sing."
- Zimbabwean Proverb

"A half-truth is a whole lie."
- Jewish Proverb

"By learning you will teach -- By teaching you will learn."
- Italian Proverb

"If the camel once gets his nose in a tent, the body will soon follow."
- Saudi Proverb



“If you don't know where you are going, then any road will do.”

- Tibetan Proverb

"Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed by a lie."
- Russian Proverb

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day… Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
- Chinese Proverb



“There is no right way to do the wrong thing.”

- Turkish Proverb



"Words must be weighed, not counted."
- Polish Proverb



“Fruits of labor are always sweet.”

- Nepali Proverb



“Quarrels end, but words once spoken never die.”

- Sierra Leone Proverb



“Pride is concerned with who is right... Humility is concerned with what is right.”

- Pakistani Proverb

"When the blind man carries the lame man, both go forward."
- Swedish Proverb

"The fish sees the bait, not the hook."
- Mongolian Proverb



“A dog that barks all the time gets little attention.”

- Argentinean Proverb



“Lower your voice and strengthen your argument.”

- Lebanese Proverb



“It's not shameful to not know… But it is shameful to not ask.”

- Azerbaijani Proverb



“Learn politeness from the impolite.”

- Egyptian Proverb



“The roaring lion kills no game.”

- Tanzanian Proverb



“Truth and oil always come to the surface.”

- Spanish Proverb



“Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.”

- Liberian Proverb



“The one chased away with a club comes back… But the one chased away with reason does not.”

- Eritrean Proverb



“Rare is the person who can weigh faults of another without putting his thumb on the scale.”

- Paraguayan Proverb



“You can’t unring a bell.”

- American Proverb



“There is no competition among lighthouses.”

- Mexican Proverb



“You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.”

- British Proverb



“Don't ask God to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet.”

- Portuguese Proverb



“Even a blind hen sometimes finds a grain of corn.”

- German Proverb



“He who is in a hurry always arrives late."

- Georgian Proverb



“Spoken words fly away… Written words remain.”

- Latin Proverb



“Two men in a burning house must not stop to argue.”

- Sudanese Proverb



“God gives food to every bird, but does not throw it into the nest.”

- Montenegrin Proverb



“One minute of patience… Ten years of peace.”

- Greek Proverb



“Sometimes you have to be silent to be heard.”

- Swiss Proverb



“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”

- Gambian Proverb



“A drowning person can be saved by the smallest stick.”

- Indian Proverb



“If you dream of moving mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting small stones today.”

- Equatorial Guinean Proverb



“He who asks is a fool for five minutes... But he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”

- Chinese Proverb



“Words are like spears -- Once they leave your lips they can never come back.”

- Gambian Proverb



“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.”

- Native American Proverb



“The horse must graze where it is tethered.”

- Belgian Proverb



“A chattering bird builds no nest.”

- Cameroonian Proverb



“Listen to what they say about others and you will know what they say about you.”

- Cuban Proverb



“A wise man hears one word and understands two.”

- Jewish Proverb



“Knowledge is like a garden -- If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested.”

- Guinean Proverb



“At high tide the fish eat ants… At low tide the ants eat fish.”

- Thai Proverb



“Do not choose for anyone what you do not choose for yourself.”

- Iranian Proverb



“Having two ears and one tongue, we should listen twice as much as we speak.”

- Turkish Proverb



“The hunter in pursuit of an elephant does not stop to throw stones at birds.”

- Ugandan Proverb



“Even though words have no wings, they can still fly a thousand miles.”

- Korean Proverb



“You shake in vain the branch that bears no fruit.”

- Samoan Proverb



 “No one tests the depth of the river with both feet.”

- Ghanaian Proverb



“It's not enough to know how to ride -- You must also know how to fall.”

- Puerto Rican Proverb



“Don't insult the alligator until you've crossed the river.”

- Haitian Proverb



“The frog does not jump in the daytime without reason.”

- Nigerian Proverb



“Listen with one ear… Be suspicious with the other.”

 - Laotian Proverb



“If I listen, I have the advantage… If I speak, others have it.”

- Moroccan Proverb



“Everyone is creator of his own happiness.”

- Slovakian Proverb



“The path is made by walking.”

- South African Proverb



“The more wisdom you acquire, the more humble you become.”

- Armenian Proverb



“Stupidity is a disease without a medicine.”

- Saudi Proverb



“If the needle doesn't pass, the thread doesn't follow.”

- Comoros Proverb



“A horse has four legs, yet still stumbles.”

- Hungarian Proverb



“Clouds do not always mean rain… But smoke is a sure sign of fire.”

- Djiboutian Proverb



“In youth we learn… In old age we understand.”

- Ecuadorian Proverb



“Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse.”

- German Proverb



“The hare jumps when you least expect it.”

- Honduran Proverb



“The drunken man's words are the sober man's thoughts.”

- Swedish Proverb



“More things grow in the garden than the gardener sows.”

- Spanish Proverb



“By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed.”

- Guinea Bissau Proverb



“Don't hear one and judge two.”

- Czechian Proverb



 “Treat the earth well -- It was not given to you by your parents. It is loaned to you by your children.”

- Kenyan Proverb



“The wind does not break a tree that bends.”

- Namibian Proverb



 “You can bend a young twig, but it is hard to bend an old tree.”

- Laotian Proverb



“Those who speak aloud are boastful... Those who speak softly are unsure... Those who don’t speak are dangerous.”

- Singaporean Proverb



“First think -- Then talk.”

- Tajik Proverb



“What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.”

- Jewish Proverb



“The worst currents are hidden under gently flowing water.”

- Mexican Proverb



“A good listener needs few words.”

- Basque Proverb



“Half of an orange tastes just as sweet as a whole one.”

- Panamanian Proverb



“In the ditch where water has flowed, it will flow again.”

- Afghan Proverb



“Kindness can pluck the whiskers of a lion.”

- Moroccan Proverb



“He who knows much, does not speak much.”

- Ethiopian Proverb



“You don't really see the world if you only look through your own window.”

- Ukrainian Proverb



“God gives the wheat… He doesn't bake the bread.”

- Austrian Proverb



“In dense woods, the trees grow straight.”

- Latvian Proverb



“Many see… Few understand.”

- Moldavian Proverb



“Don’t choose a house, choose a neighbor.”

- Uzbek Proverb



“An old poacher makes the best gamekeeper.”

- Zambian Proverb



“Ninety-nine lies may help you, but the hundredth will give you away.”

- Botswanan Proverb



“If you always walk down the same path, you’ll only go where you’ve already been.

- Chadian Proverb



“Say nothing about another that you wouldn't want to hear about yourself.”

- El Salvadoran Proverb



“Knowledge builds up… Ignorance destroys.”

- Kyrgyz Proverb



“Do not cut down the tree that gives you shade.”

- Jordanian Proverb



“What is said over the dead lion’s body cannot be said to him alive.”

- Congolese Proverb



“To one who does not know, a small garden is a forest.”

- Gabonese Proverb



“The child learns to walk by falling down.”

- Kazakh Proverb



“There are no shortcuts to the top of the palm tree.”

- Mozambican Proverb



“He who doesn't look ahead, gets left behind.”

- Venezuelan Proverb



“As the old ones sing, so do the young ones chirp.”

- Dutch Proverb



“Only he who wanders finds new paths.”

- Norwegian Proverb



“Better an hour of thought than a year of regret.”

- Slovakian Proverb



“Politeness costs little, but yields much.”

- Catalan Proverb



“In a fight with a fool, it's the wise man who quits.”

- Madagascar Proverb



 “Facts are stubborn things.”

- Scottish Proverb



“Even the fool is thought wise if he remains silent.”

- Swedish Proverb



“By learning to obey, you will know how to command.”

- Italian Proverb



“The more you give, the more you receive.”

- Polynesian Proverb



“Dig your well before you are thirsty.”

- Indian Proverb



“A sparrow in the hand is better than a pigeon on the branch.”

- Serbian Proverb



“It is not the hen that cackles the loudest that hatches the most eggs.”

- French Proverb



“You cannot hunt with a tied dog.”

- Albanian Proverb



“Where people are promising you much, bring a small bag.”

- Bosnian Proverb



“God closes one door, but opens a hundred.”

- Croatian Proverb



“Wisdom is easy to carry, but difficult to gather.”

- Czechian Proverb



“Every man is the blacksmith of his own happiness.”

- Danish Proverb



“Do bad and remember… Do good and forget.”

- Algerian Proverb



“Iron must be forged when it is hot.”

- Finnish Proverb



“If you want to beat a dog, you will soon find a stick.”

- Latin Proverb



 “Good wine needs no label.”

- Hungarian Proverb



“A wise man changes his mind… A fool never will.”

- Icelandic Proverb



“An empty drum gives a loud sound.”

- Indonesian Proverb



“He who has no money in the purse must have honey in the mouth.”

- Italian Proverb



“The tree is known by its fruit.”

- Polish Proverb



“What the goat does, the kid follows.”

- Jamaican Proverb



“Even monkeys fall from trees.”

- Korean Proverb



“Vision with action is a daydream… Action without vision is a nightmare.”

- Japanese Proverb



“Without the support of small pebbles, a big rock cannot be stable.”

- Indian Proverb



“Straight ahead is shortest, but not always easiest.”

- Norwegian Proverb



“He who looks at only the face, doesn't see the heart.”

- Portuguese Proverb



“He who does not act when he can, may not be able to act when he wants.”

- Spanish Proverb



“Politeness costs nothing, but yields much.”

- Slovenian Proverb



“Gratitude ranks as the least of virtues… And the lack of gratitude as the worst of vices.”

- Paraguayan Proverb



“What is unclearly said, is unclearly thought.”

- Swedish Proverb



“The person who recognizes his major mistakes is on the road to wisdom.”

- Colombian Proverb



“Cocks that crow too early will quickly find themselves in the pot.”

- Turkish Proverb



“When a father's work is done, the result is a well-trained son.”

- Uzbek Proverb



“Proverbs in conversation are torches in darkness.”

- Venezuelan Proverb



“From a pound of talk, an ounce of understanding.”

- Yemeni Proverb



“The shark that has eaten cannot swim with the shark that is hungry.”

- Zambian Proverb



“The one who throws the stone forgets… The one who is hit remembers forever.”

- Angolan Proverb



“Let him speak who has seen with his eyes.”

- Congolese Proverb



“A musician paid in advance does not play as well.”

- Nicaraguan Proverb



“Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.”

- Malaysian Proverb



“If you run from a wolf, you may run into a bear.”

- Lithuanian Proverb



“If you are planning for a year, plant rice…  If you are planning for a decade, plant trees…  If you are planning for a lifetime, educate your children.”

- Chinese Proverb



“The bitterness of studying is preferable to the bitterness of ignorance.”

- Filipino Proverb



“A little spark can kindle a great fire.”

- Syrian Proverb



“All birds will flock to a fruitful tree.”

- Senegalese Proverb



“To be without knowledge is to be without light.”

- Somali Proverb



“He who has studied himself is his own master.”

- Sri Lankan Proverb



“Don't butter the skillet before catching the fish.”

- Togolese Proverb



“If a tree is not consumed by insects from within, it can live for a thousand years.”

- Turkmen Proverb



“It is better to slip with the foot, than with the tongue.”

- Montenegrin Proverb



“Until the snake is dead, do not drop the stick.”

- Ivory Coast Proverb



“Youths talk first and then listen… The elderly listen and then talk.”

- Lesotho Proverb


"A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit."
- Greek Proverb



“A tortoise makes progress when it sticks its neck out.”

- Swazi Proverb



“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”

- British Proverb



“You can’t judge a book by its cover.”

- American Proverb



“A buffalo is held by ropes -- A man by his words.”

- Malawian Proverb



“You can't feed your donkey only when you need to ride it.”

- Sudanese Proverb



“The one who understands does not speak… The one who speaks does not understand.”

- Chinese Proverb



“A hunter who has only one arrow does not shoot with careless aim.”

- Namibian Proverb



“You catch fish with both hands.”

- Vietnamese Proverb



“Open your door to a good day… And prepare yourself for a bad one.”

- Moroccan Proverb



“He who avoids the temptations, avoids the sin.”

- Guatemalan Proverb



“You don't study to be a fool.”

- Uruguayan Proverb



“What makes you happy, makes you rich.”

- Belarusian Proverb



 “Life is a ladder -- Some will climb up… Others down.”

- Bulgarian Proverb



“Envy shoots at others and wounds itself.”

- Costa Rican Proverb



“Only you can scratch your itch.”

- Libyan Proverb



“Never poke a jaguar with a short stick.”

- Brazilian Proverb



“Revere the elders… Respect the peers… Be kind to the young.”

- Burmese Proverb



“A quarrel is like buttermilk… The more you stir it, the more sour it grows.”

- Bolivian Proverb



“Where there is sugar, there are ants.”

- Malaysian Proverb



“You make the road by walking on it.”

- Nicaraguan Proverb



“It is better to prevent than to cure.”

- Peruvian Proverb



 “Rotten wood cannot be carved.”

- Chinese Proverb



“A monkey dressed up is still a monkey.”

- Filipino Proverb



“The monkey does not see his own hind backside… He sees his neighbor's.”

- Zimbabwean Proverb



“If you hurt the reputation of another, you damage your own.”

- Togolese Proverb



“Never dive before you measure.”

- Tunisian Proverb



“Arguments of the strongest always carry the most weight.”

- French Proverb



“Birds of a feather flock together.”

- British Proverb



“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

- American Proverb



“You must not run after two hares at the same time.”

- Romanian Proverb



“Advice is least heeded when most needed.”

- Latin Proverb






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