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He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.
  • Bravery

He who loses wealth loses much. He who loses a friend loses more. But he who loses courage loses all.
  • courage

The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.
  • Hope

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
  • Persistence



You must look at who you are and make an effort to know yourself, which is the most difficult knowledge one can imagine.
  • self

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
  • Help

There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair.
  • Doubt

The man who is prepared has his battle half fought.
  • Planning

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
  • Profanity

Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.
  • Wisdom

Absence -- that common cure of love.
  • Absence

The greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.
  • Conflict

Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.
  • Danger

Be slow of tongue and quick of eye.
  • Caution

The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.
  • Vanity

Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.
  • Enemy

From reading too much, and sleeping too little, his brain dried up on him and he lost his judgment.
  • brain

Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.
  • Truth

Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.
  • Actions

Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.
  • life

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.
  • courage

Among the attributes of God, although they are equal, mercy shines with even more brilliance than justice.
  • God

Take away the cause, and the effect ceases.
  • Reason

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

A man must eat a peck of salt with his friend, before he knows him.
  • Friends

Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.
  • Love

'Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes.
  • Money

To be prepared is half the victory.
  • Planning

That's the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.
  • love

Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up.
  • Art


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A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
  • Profanity

Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
  • Profanity

I believe there's no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences.
  • Profanity

I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
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A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
  • Profanity

Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
  • Profanity

I believe there's no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences.
  • Profanity

I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
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A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
  • Profanity

Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
  • Profanity

I believe there's no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences.
  • Profanity

I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
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Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.
  • Love

That's the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.
  • love

'Tis said of love that it sometimes goes, sometimes flies; runs with one, walks gravely with another; turns a third into ice, and sets a fourth in a flame: it wounds one, another it kills: like lightning it begins and ends in the same moment: it makes that fort yield at night which it besieged but in the morning; for there is no force able to resist it.
  • Love

One who has not only the four S's, which are required in every good lover, but even the whole alphabet; as for example... Agreeable, Bountiful, Constant, Dutiful, Easy, Faithful, Gallant, Honorable, Ingenious, Kind, Loyal, Mild, Noble, Officious, Prudent, Quiet, Rich, Secret, True, Valiant, Wise; the X indeed, is too harsh a letter to agree with him, but he is Young and Zealous.
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Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.
  • Truth

Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.
  • Truth

Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water.
  • broken

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Faint heart never won fair lady.
  • CowardiceWeakness

He preaches well that lives well.
  • Evangelism

Patience and shuffle the cards.
  • Patience

Thou hast seen nothing yet.
  • Potential



Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art.
  • Company

Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.
  • Creation

My grandma (rest her soul) used to say, There were but two families in the world, have-much and have-little.
  • Equality

God bears with the wicked, but not forever.
  • Evil

Well, now there's a remedy for everything except death.
  • Medicine

It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it.
  • another

True valor lies between cowardice and rashness.
  • Bravery

He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.
  • Fools

By the street of by-and-by, one arrives at the house of never.
  • Future

Though God's attributes are equal, yet his mercy is more attractive and pleasing in our eyes than his justice.
  • God

A person dishonored is worst than dead.
  • Honor

Everyone is as God made him, and often a great deal worse.
  • Humanity

Pray look better, Sir... those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.
  • Illusion

Fair and softly goes far.
  • Kindness

Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.
  • Laziness

A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world, as a public indecency.
  • Sin

The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.
  • Vacations

That which costs little is less valued.
  • Value

Every man is the son of his own works.
  • Work

Modesty, tis a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world.
  • almost

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
  • absurd

Well, there's a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flat one time or other.
  • Death

No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve.
  • Discipline

It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.
  • Happiness

A blot in thy escutcheon to all futurity.
  • History

You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch in his throne.
  • Home

Jests that give pains are no jests.
  • Humor

She fights and vanquishes in me, and I live and breathe in her, and I have life and being.
  • Life

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.
  • Parenting

Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.
  • Procrastination

Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
  • Profanity

Hold you there, neither a strange hand nor my own, neither heavy nor light shall touch my bum.
  • Punishment

No man is more than another unless he does more than another.
  • Service

Captivity is the greatest of all evils that can befall one.
  • Slavery

One shouldn't talk of halters in the hanged man's house.
  • Tact

'Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged.
  • Tact

Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.
  • Truth

The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.
  • Wealth

The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.
  • Actors

The eyes those silent tongues of love.
  • Face

Man appoints, and God disappoints.
  • God

One of the most considerable advantages the great have over their inferiors is to have servants as good as themselves.
  • Service

The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the son of his own works.
  • Work

When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.
  • art

Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds.
  • actions

I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea.
  • Charity

Do but take care to express yourself in a plain, easy Manner, in well-chosen, significant and decent Terms, and to give a harmonious and pleasing Turn to your Periods: study to explain your Thoughts, and set them in the truest Light, labouring as much as possible, not to leave them dark nor intricate, but clear and intelligible.
  • Communication

'Tis the maddest trick a man can ever play in his whole life, to let his breath sneak out of his body without any more ado, and without so much as a rap o'er the pate, or a kick of the guts; to go out like the snuff of a farthing candle, and die merely of the mulligrubs, or the sullens.
  • Death

Death eats up all things, both the young lamb and old sheep; and I have heard our parson say, death values a prince no more than a clown; all's fish that comes to his net; he throws at all, and sweeps stakes; he's no mower that takes a nap at noon-day, but drives on, fair weather or foul, and cuts down the green grass as well as the ripe corn: he's neither squeamish nor queesy-stomach d, for he swallows without chewing, and crams down all things into his ungracious maw; and you can see no belly he has, he has a confounded dropsy, and thirsts after men's lives, which he gurgles down like mother's milk.
  • Death

There's no taking trout with dry breeches.
  • Effort

Nor has his death the world deceiv'd than his wondrous life surprise d; if he like a madman liv'd least he like a wise one dy'd.
  • Epitaphs

He had a face like a blessing.
  • Face

If you are ambitious of climbing up to the difficult, and in a manner inaccessible, summit of the Temple of Fame, your surest way is to leave on one hand the narrow path of Poetry, and follow the narrower track of Knight-Errantry, which in a trice may raise you to an imperial throne.
  • Fame

Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.
  • Fear

Liberty is one of the most precious gifts which heaven has bestowed on man; with it we cannot compare the treasures which the earth contains or the sea conceals; for liberty, as for honor, we can and ought to risk our lives; and, on for the other hand, captivity is the greatest evil that can befall man.
  • Freedom

Thou camest out of thy mother's belly without government, thou hast liv'd hitherto without government, and thou mayst be carried to thy long home without government, when it shall please the Lord. How many people in this world live without government, yet do well enough, and are well look'd upon?
  • Government

For historians ought to be precise, truthful, and quite unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should cause them to swerve from the path of truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instruction of the present, the monitor of the future.
  • History

There is a strange charm in the thoughts of a good legacy, or the hopes of an estate, which wondrously removes or at least alleviates the sorrow that men would otherwise feel for the death of friends.
  • Inheritance

By such innovations are languages enriched, when the words are adopted by the multitude, and naturalized by custom.
  • Language

When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
  • Law

'Tis a dainty thing to command, though 'twere but a flock of sheep.
  • Leadership

For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences.
  • Learning

'Tis an old saying, the Devil lurks behind the cross. All is not gold that glitters. From the tail of the plough, Bamba was made King of Spain; and from his silks and riches was Rodrigo cast to be devoured by the snakes.
  • Literary

'Tis said of love that it sometimes goes, sometimes flies; runs with one, walks gravely with another; turns a third into ice, and sets a fourth in a flame: it wounds one, another it kills: like lightning it begins and ends in the same moment: it makes that fort yield at night which it besieged but in the morning; for there is no force able to resist it.
  • Love

One who has not only the four S's, which are required in every good lover, but even the whole alphabet; as for example... Agreeable, Bountiful, Constant, Dutiful, Easy, Faithful, Gallant, Honorable, Ingenious, Kind, Loyal, Mild, Noble, Officious, Prudent, Quiet, Rich, Secret, True, Valiant, Wise; the X indeed, is too harsh a letter to agree with him, but he is Young and Zealous.
  • Love

Miracle me no miracles.
  • Miracles

Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.
  • Music

And for the citation of so many authors, 'tis the easiest thing in nature. Find out one of these books with an alphabetical index, and without any farther ceremony, remove it verbatim into your own... there are fools enough to be thus drawn into an opinion of the work; at least, such a flourishing train of attendants will give your book a fashionable air, and recommend it for sale.
  • Plagiarism

I believe there's no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences.
  • Profanity

I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
  • Profanity

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world. Yet from this lesson thou will learn to avoid the frog's foolish ambition of swelling to rival the bigness of the ox.
  • Self

Now blessings light on him that first invented this same sleep: it covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; 'tis meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. 'Tis the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap; and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise-man even. There is only one thing...that I dislike in sleep; 'tis that it resembles death; there's very little difference between a man in his first sleep, and a man in his last sleep.
  • Sleep

Mere flimflam stories, and nothing but shams and lies.
  • Vanity

Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.
  • hazard

Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
  • prepared

Be a terror to the butchers, that they may be fair in their weight; and keep hucksters and fraudulent dealers in awe, for the same reason.
  • awe

Drink moderately, for drunkeness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise.
  • drink

Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.
  • between

There are only two families in the world, my old grandmother used to say, the Haves and the Have-nots.
  • families

Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water.
  • broken

Make it your business to know yourself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.
  • lesson


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