Quotes and Proverbs

Bhutanese Proverbs

You must first walk around a little before you can understand the distance from the valley to the mountain.

Andrew Carnegie Quotes

(1835-1919) businessmnan

No man will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or to get all the credit for doing it.

[In most undertakings, you should be willing to share both the duties and the credit with others.]

Andrew Carnegie Biography and Quotes

Dale Carnegie Quotes

(1888-1955) lecturer, public speaking expert, and success guru.

Liken what you wish people to accept to something they already believe.

[If you want to present a new idea to people, find some way to associate it with an idea that they already believe.]

Chinese Proverbs

Close to a blacksmith, learn to hammer out nails; close to a carpenter, learn how to use a saw.

Why so anxiously and busily manage so many evil matters? Drop them all and become a good man.

People doing the same things might have different motives.

A hobbling cat is better than a fast horse when rats swarm the palace.

With a helmsman [i.e. leader] that is not nervous, the passengers [i.e. followers] [will feel] secure.

What is earned with hard labor is eaten with pleasure.

{We often value things more when we've worked hard for them.]

Ty Cobb Quotes

(1886-1961) baseball player

Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.

Confucius Quotes

I used to expect people's conduct to match their words. But nowadays I just listen to what people say and then observe what they do. (Analects 5:9)

Frank H. Crane Quotes

(1912-) author

You often get a better hold upon a problem by going away from it for a time and dismissing it from your mind altogether.

Croatian Proverbs

It's easy for someone to talk about fasting when he has a full belly.

Cuban Proverbs

Brief encounters can result in long relationships.

Sonya Friedman Quotes


Don’t count on others to hand your life to you. (On a Clear Day You Can See Yourself, p. 23)

Some people are not capable of giving you what you’re trying to get from them. (38)

Jon Gery Quotes

You just can't make everyone happy. It is a law. But if you try, and go a little bit out of your way, you could make someone smile. It is a law.

George Getty Quotes

You must never try to make all the money that’s in a deal. Let the other fellow make some money too, because if you have a reputation for always making all the money, you won’t have many deals.

J. Paul Getty Quotes

(1892-1976) oil tycoon, investor, and philanthropist

I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own efforts.

In times of rapid change, experience can sometimes be your worst enemy.

Baltasar Gracian Quotes

Nothing depreciates a person more than to show he is just like anyone else. (289)

Baltasar Gracian Biography and Quotes

Francesco Guicciardini Quotes

Even though many people prove to be ungrateful, don't let that stop you from benefitting others [as long as you do it judiciously]. Beneficence is, in itself, a noble and almost divine quality. Plus, as you benefit others, you'll come across someone so grateful, that he'll make up for other people's ingratitude. (11)

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Hebrew Proverbs

A good son-in-law is like the acquisition of a new son; a bad one is like the loss of your daughter.

Soichiro Honda Quotes

If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don't particularly like.

When Congress passes new emission standards, we [Honda Motor Co.] hire 50 more engineers and GM hires 50 more lawyers.

The value of life can be measured by how many times your soul has been deeply stirred.

In the lab, 99 percent of the people are working on lost causes. The modest percentage of success, nevertheless, serves to compensate for all the rest of the effort.

My biggest thrill is when I plan something and it fails. My mind is then filled with ideas on how I can improve it.

Iranian / Persian Proverbs

The way a house is decorated will tell much about its owner.

Japanese Proverbs

A few kind words can warm three winter months.

Orison Swett Marden Quotes

(1850-1924) writer

[W]e expect too much from the great happenings, the unusual things, and we overlook the common flowers on the path of life, from which we might abstract sweets, comforts, delights. ... Real happiness is so simple that most people do not recognize it. It is derived from the simplest, the quietest, the most unpretentious things in the world. (The Joys of Living)

Everywhere we see people starving for love, famishing for affection, for someone to appreciate them. ( Be Good to Yourself)

Orison Swett Marden Biography and Quotes

Mencius Quotes

Friendship should disregard a person’s age, station, and relatives. Friendship with someone is friendship with his qualities only. Meng Hsien Tzu was a high ranking person and had five friends... They maintained a friendship as if he didn't possess that rank. If his rank had been taken into consideration, they wouldn't have [truly] been friends.

Metastasio (Pietro Trapassi / Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro) Quotes

(1698-1782) poet

If our inward griefs were seen written on our brow, how many would be pitied who are now envied! (Giuseppe Riconosciuto)

J. Pierpont Morgan Quotes

A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing: one that sounds good, and a real one.

Nigerian Proverbs

It takes a whole village to raise a child. (Yoruba)

Portuguese (Portugal) Proverbs

He who is well prepared has already won half of the battle.

John D. Rockefeller Quotes

(1839-1937) industrialist, philanthropist

The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee…and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.

Romanian Proverbs

Choose a wife to please yourself, not others.

Rwandan Proverbs

In the birds’ court, a cockroach never wins his case.

[People have a strong tendency to favor others from their own group.]

Spanish Proverbs

Talking about bulls is not the same thing as being in the bullring.

Sun Tzu Quotes

Do not repeat tactics just because they have gained you one victory. Instead, let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.

The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.

Anonymous / Unknown Source

Few dare write the true news of their chamber.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

A nation reveals itself not only by the people it produces, but also by the people it honors and remembers.

For one rich person that is content, there are a hundred who are not.

You gain power over another person by winning his heart or by breaking his spirit.

People will pay liberally to be made to feel or laugh, while they will begrudge a dime for instruction or talk that will make them think.

Dangers are overcome with dangers.

Fear can keep a man out of danger, but only courage can support him in it.

Flattery fits in the parlor when plain dealing is kicked out of doors.

He is no wise man that cannot play the fool upon occasion.

If you're a jester, keep your wit till you have use for it.

No one can always stand his ground.

Prosperous people seldom mend their faults.

Man would've perished long ago, had it not been for public spirited people.

Do all you can to be good, and you’ll be so.

Heaven is a cheap purchase, whatever it cost.

They love dancing well, that dance barefoot upon thorns.

They seldom live well, who think they shall live long.

Even doubtful accusations leave a stain behind them.

There's no defense against the wildfire of the mob.

Argument seldom convinces anyone contrary to his inclinations.

He that would right understand a person must read his whole story.

People's actions aren't to be judged at first sight.

At the end of the work, you may judge of the workman.

A friend that you buy with presents will be bought from you.

If you don't pay a servant his wages, he'll pay himself [by stealing].

It's harder to unlearn than learn.

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