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Proverbs & Quotations

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"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." Lao Tzu

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." Confucius

"There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth - not going all the way and
not starting." Gautama Buddha

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Gautama Buddha

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything.
What we think we become." Gautama Buddha

"Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” Lao Tzu

"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger."
Gautama Buddha

"Be vigilant, guard your mind against negative thoughts." Gautama Buddha

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.” Lao Tzu

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu

“He who is satisfied is rich.” Lao Tzu

“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.” Chuang Tzu

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Confucius

“When it is obvious that the goals can not be reached, do not adjust the goals,
adjust the action steps.” Confucius

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius

““If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry
about? What is there to fear?” Confucius

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
Gautama Buddha

“The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops
into habit. And habit hardens into character.” Gautama Buddha

“Nothing is permanent.” Gautama Buddha

“You only lose what you cling to.” Gautama Buddha

“The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness.” Gautama Buddha

“Hatred is never ended by hatred but by love.” Gautama Buddha

“He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted.” Lao Tzu

“He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.” Lao Tzu

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” Lao Tzu 

“To know that you know and to know that you do not know - that is the real wisdom.”

“When a person should be spoken with, and you do not speak with them, you lose them.
When a person should not be spoken with and you speak to them, you waste your breath.
The wise do not lose people, nor do they waste their breath.” Confucius

“It is better to light a small candle than to curse the darkness.” Confucius

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” Confucius

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.” Socrates

“It is not living that matters, but living rightly.” Socrates

“Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth.” Socrates

“To do is to be.” Socrates

“You should eat to live, not live to eat.” Socrates

“Virtue does not come from wealth, but wealth  and every other good thing which men have
comes from virtue.” Socrates

“Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good
fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.” Socrates

“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.” Socrates

“The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways. I to die, and you to live.
Which is better? Only God knows.” Socrates

“What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.” Aristotle

“Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.” Aristotle

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle

"Knowledge is the food of the soul." Plato

“A healthy mind in a healthy body.” Juvenal

“Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here.
And when it does come, we no longer exist.” Epicurus

“People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.” Epictetus

“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” Seneca

“It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which
you have.” Seneca

“If you wished to be loved, love.” Seneca

“Time discovers truth.” Seneca

“While we teach, we learn.” Seneca

“A great fortune is a great slavery.” Seneca

“He is most powerful who has power over himself.” Seneca

“We learn not in the school, but in life.” Seneca

“Do everything as in the eye of another.” Seneca

“To err is human.” Seneca

“If you judge, investigate.” Seneca

“If you would judge, understand.” Seneca

“You are your choices.” Seneca

“Whatever begins also ends.” Seneca

“Life, if well lived, is long enough.” Seneca

“No man is free who is a slave to the flesh.” Seneca

"Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature.”

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Seneca

“Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it.” Seneca

“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” Seneca

“Courage leads to heaven, fear to death.” Seneca

“If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.” Seneca

“Where fear is, happiness is not.” Seneca

“Injustice never rules forever.” Seneca

“A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.” Seneca

“Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.” Seneca

“The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.” Seneca

“The man who does something under orders is not unhappy; he is unhappy who does
something against his will.” Seneca

“We never reflect on how pleasant it is to ask for nothing.” Seneca

“It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.” Seneca

“He that does good to another does good also to himself.” Seneca

“Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” Marcus Aurelius

“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find
strength.” Marcus Aurelius

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”
Marcus Aurelius

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to
breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius

"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” Marcus Aurelius

“A man's worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.” Marcus Aurelius

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective,
not the truth.” Marcus Aurelius

“Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to
accomplish.” Marcus Aurelius

“The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the
ranks of the insane.” Marcus Aurelius

“How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or
thinks.” Marcus Aurelius

“Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.” Marcus Aurelius

“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.”
Marcus Aurelius
“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius

“At least for today, do not be angry, do not worry, be grateful, work with diligence, be kind to
people.” Mikao Usui

“Where there is a will there is a way.” English proverb

(The inscription written on the wall of Shishu Bhavan,
Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta, India)
“People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered. Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Be successful anyway.
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years creating may be destroyed overnight. Create anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you help them. Help people anyway.
If you give the world the best you have, you may get kicked in the teeth. Give your best

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

“You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath Tagore

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and
behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants
you. But you have to take action to get it.” Jules Renard

“Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
Thomas Jefferson
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Rohn

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” Lao Tzu
“Action will remove the doubt that theory cannot solve.” Pehyl Hsieh

"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”
Benjamin Disraeli

"“Be careful what you water your dreams with.
Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your
dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success.
Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success.
Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” Lao Tzu

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action
with Vision is making a positive difference.” Joel Barker

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” Henri Matisse

“Life is a sum of all your choices.” Albert Camus

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” Albert Einstein

"Water heats gradually and boils suddenly. We cannot force the natural course of events,
everything happens in its "right" time. The process is gradual, and hence may appear slow
to us as we are often too impatient with expectations, but the change takes place within an
instant.” Zen Koan

Last Update: 31 October 2013

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