2. Aesop

“The gods help them that help themselves.”

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Quotes by Aesop

Quotes by Aesop

  1. A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
  2. A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.
  3. A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
  4. Adventure is worthwhile.
  5. Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
  6. After all is said and done, more is said than done.
  7. Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
  8. Appearances are often deceiving.
  9. Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
  10. Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
  11. Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
  12. Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
  13. Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
  14. Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
  15. Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth – don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.
  16. Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.
  17. Example is the best precept.
  18. Familiarity breeds contempt.
  19. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
  20. He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
  21. He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
  22. If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs.
  23. Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
  24. It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
  25. It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
  26. It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
  27. It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
  28. It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.
  29. Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
  30. Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
  31. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
  32. Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
  33. Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
  34. People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
  35. Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
  36. Please all, and you will please none.
  37. Plodding wins the race.
  38. Put your shoulder to the wheel.
  39. Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
  40. Slow but steady wins the race.
  41. The gods help them that help themselves.
  42. The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.
  43. The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
  44. The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
  45. The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
  46. The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
  47. United we stand, divided we fall.
  48. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
  49. We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
  50. We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.
  51. We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.