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Ancient

  • Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth.
    Archimedes
  • All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
    Aristotle
  • A friend is a second self.
    Aristotle
  • Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
    Aristotle
  • He who is contended is rich.
    Lao-tzu
  • He who knows does not speak.
    He who speaks does not know.
    Lao-tzu
  • The Way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure.
    The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
    Lao-tzu
  • To know that you do not know is the best.
    To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.
    Lao-tzu
  • A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
    Cicero
  • Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.
    Cicero
  • It is a true saying that "One falsehood leads easily to another".
    Cicero
  • Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
    Confucius
  • Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
    Confucius
  • Respect yourself and others will respect you.
    Confucius
  • Study the past if you would define the future.
    Confucius
  • It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.
    Homer
  • A multitude of rulers is not a good thing. Let there be one ruler, one king.
    Homer
  • Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it.
    Homer
  • He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.
    Horace
  • He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.
    Horace
  • If you wish me to weep, you must mourn first yourself.
    Horace
  • He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin!
    Horace
  • Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.
    Horace
  • Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise.
    Horace
  • He who knows does not speak.
    He who speaks does not know.
    Lao-tzu
  • Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
    Lao-tzu
  • The Way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure.
    The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
    Lao-tzu
  • To know that you do not know is the best.
    To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.
    Lao-tzu
  • When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
    Platon
  • A woman either loves or hates; she knows no medium.
    Publilius
  • All art is an imitation of nature.
    Seneca
  • It should be our care not so much to live a long life as a satisfactory one.
    Seneca
  • If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
    Seneca
  • By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
    Socrates
  • Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
    Socrates
  • Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
    Socrates
  • Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.
    Socrates
  • The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seekingmore, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less
    Socrates
  • A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
    Sophocles
  • Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away.
    Sophocles
  • What you cannot enforce, do not command.
    Sophocles
  • If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, then this is the best season of your life.
    Wu-Men
  • The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.
    Zeno

The Middle Ages

  • By far the best proof is experience.
    Sir Francis Bacon
  • He of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.
    Sir Francis Bacon
  • Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
    Sir Francis Bacon
  • Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
    Leonardo DaVinci
  • The things that matter most should never be at the mercy of the things that matter least.
    Goethe
  • Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
    William Shakespeare
  • He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself.
    William Shakespeare
  • In a false quarrel there is no true valour.
    William Shakespeare
  • A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
    George Bernard Shaw
  • Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.
    George Bernard Shaw
  • Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
    George Bernard Shaw
  • Anything too stupid to be said is sung.
    Voltaire
  • Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
    Voltaire
  • The secret of being boring is to say everything.
    Voltaire
  • A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
    Oscar Wilde
  • America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
    Oscar Wilde
  • I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.
    Oscar Wilde

Modern Times

  • I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying.
    Woody Allen
  • If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank.
    Woody Allen
  • I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.
    Woody Allen
  • Spend some time alone every day.
    Dalai Lama
  • Everything shoul be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
    Albert Einstein
  • There is more to life than increase its speed.
    Gandhi
  • All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
    Sir Winston Churchill
  • However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
    Sir Winston Churchill
  • It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.
    Sir Winston Churchill
  • The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.
    Ernest Hemingway
  • Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
    J. R. R. Tolkien
  • It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish.
    J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Little by little, one travels far.
    J. R. R. Tolkien
  • There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you.
    Peter De Vries
  • We all learn by experience but some of us have to go to summer school.
    Peter De Vries
  • Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff - it is a palliative rather than a remedy.
    Peter De Vries

Proverbs

  • Beware the anger of the dove.
    French
  • The beginning is half of every action.
    Greek
  • Talk doesn't cook rice.
    Chinese
  • Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.
    Swedish
  • God defend me from my friends; from my enemies I can defend myself.
  • You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
  • A bad workman always blames his tools.
  • Borrowed garments never fit well.
  • Charity looks at the need and not at the cause.
  • Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Movies

  • Choice is an illusion, created between those with power, and those without.
    Merovingian (Matrix movie)
  • Who has time? Who has time? But then if we do not ever take time, how can we ever have time?
    Merovingian (Matrix movie)
  • It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to.
    Bilbo (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

Business

  • Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they've started.David Allen
  • The best way you can predict your future is to create it.Stephen Covey

Other

  • Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • In truth, there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross.
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • If there is one thing worse than being an ugly duckling in a house of swans, it's having the swans pretend there's no difference.
    Teena Booth

Murphy

  • If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
    Murphy
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