Snippets of Wisdom

A Maxim is a short, easily remembered expression of a basic principle, general truth or rule of conduct. Maxims are universal and testify to the commonality of human existence. Because maxims touch upon universal truths about life, they are looked upon as apparent wisdom, and they win ready assent from the audience. Some people call them nuggets of gold.

Pepper your conversations with axioms and maxims. Your friends will be impressed by your wisdom. You can start with today’s selection.

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It is your business, when the wall next door catches fire. - Horatius

A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men. - Unknown

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. - Walt Disney

Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind. - Bulgarian Proverb

A man convinced against his will is not convinced. - Laurence Peter

United we stand, divided we fall. - G. P. Morris

Every cloud has a silver lining. - D. R. Locke

Measure a thousand times; cut once. - Turkish Proverb

It's an ill bird that fouls his own nest. - Latin Proverb

The road to Hades is easy to travel. - Bion

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A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood. - Chinese Proverb

Optimism is not the result of blinding oneself to problems, but of always believing there is a solution. - Unknown

Never rely on the glory of the morning. - Japanese Proverb

The lofty oak from a small acorn grows. - Lewis Duncombe

Once bitten by a snake, you are even frightened by a rope that resembles a snake. - Chinese Proverb

None but the brave deserve the fair. - Unknown

A rolling stone can gather no moss. - Publilius Syrus

Even black hens lay white eggs. - Irish Proverb

When you drink the water, remember the spring. - Chinese Proverb

All that glisters is not gold, often have you heard that told. - Shakespeare

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