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What are ... Proverbs, Sayings, Aphorisms, Idioms, Puns, etc.

Here is a list of definitions (with examples), which helps to understand the difference between these terms.

It is common to find different words existing in English to represent similar ideas. It is an frequent characteristic of a language with a long history. There are a number of specific types of saying, of which proverb is probably the best known. However, the distinction between them is often pretty vague.

Adage
An aphorism that has that has gained credit through long use.
Example: Where there's smoke, there's fire.
Aphorism
A tersely, memorable phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage.
[from Greek aphorismos, from aphorizein, to delimit, define. Apo- (1. Away from; off; Separate. 2. Without 3. Related to) + Horizein (limit, boundary)]
Example: He's a fool who cannot conceal his wisdom.
Cliché
An overly commonplace, banal or trite saying, expression or idea. Sometimes the terms stereotype or platitude are used as a synonym.
Clichés can be defined as preconceived twists, hackneyed and worn out by too frequent use of images, modes of expression, speech and thought patterns. These are often used thoughtlessly and without individual conviction.
Example: All Americans are very open.
Epigram
A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement, thought or observation; sometimes expressed as a short, witty poem.
Example: The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
Epithet
A descriptive term (= word or phrase) used to characterize a person or thing, that has become popular is commonly understood.
Example: The Great Emancipator — as a term for Abraham Lincoln.
Folklore
The term in the narrower sense means oral lore of a group of people. In the broader sense folklore describes the totality of " demotic " traditions. It often has religious or mythical elements.
See also: myth, (urban) legend, tale, oral tradition.
[From Old English - folk = "people" and lore = "tradition" or "knowledge"]
Therefore folklore literally means "knowledge of the people" or "tradition of the people".
Gnome
A pithy saying that expresses a general truth, fundamental principle or an instruction in a compact form (usually taken from ancient literature or poems); an aphorism.
[Greek: from gignoskein, to know]
Example: Moderation is the best thing (by Cleobulus of Lindos; circa 600 BC)
Idiom
An expression that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of the words. Quite a few idioms are language specific, and thus diificult to translate.
Example: A cold day in Hell
Hyperbole
A figure of speech (or any rhetorical device) in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, mostly beyond credibility.
[Greek huperbol, exaggeration, from: huper (= beyond) and ballein (= to throw)]
It is encountered in casual speech, as in — “I could sleep for a year” — “This book weighs a ton.”
Mantra
Originated in the Vedic tradition of India; a mantra is now a religious or mystical sound, syllable or poetic phrase used in prayers and during meditation.
Example: Haro Hara [huh'-roh huh'-ruh] — bestows knowledge of intuitive truth.
Maxim
Compared with its approximate synonyms: saying, adage, saw, motto, epigram, proverb, aphorism, the term maxim stresses the succinct formulation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct.
[Latin: maximus, "greatest", via the expression maxima propositio, "greatest premise".]
Example: Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
Motto
A brief statement used to express a principle, a motivation, a goal, or an ideal.
Examples: Be Prepared (Girlguiding UK); Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity (FBI).
Phrasal verb
An English verb and one or more following particles (e.g. a preposition or adverb); the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb thus acting as a complete syntactic and semantic unit.
Example: The new teacher passes for a linguist.
Proverb
A simple and short saying, widely known, often metaphorical, which expresses a basic truth or practical precept, based on common sense or cultural experience.
Example: Honesty is the best policy.
Pun
This is a form of word play that exploits multiple meanings of words (or of similar-sounding words) for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect.
Example: A fool with a tool is still a fool.
Quip
A clever or witty observation or remark, with a tendency to descend into sarcasm, or otherwise is short of point.
[Latin: quippe = "indeed" - meaning: smart remark]
Example: Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
Quotation
This is a repetition — literally taken over from another text or speech and explicitly attributed by a citation. Quotes, whose original context is lost and can no longer be reconstructed, are named fragments.
Example: "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." (Abraham Lincoln)
Saying
A short well-known expression — a pithy remark of wisdom and truth or a general advice.
Example: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Saw
An old familiar saying that is commonplace, longstanding and occasionally trite (sometimes through repetition).
[Old English: synonym for "saying" - meaning: uneducated wisdom, often based in supersititions]
Example: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Slogan
This is a memorable motto or phrase used as a repetitive expression of an idea or purpose. Also called tagline or one liner.
Example: Make learning fun.
Winged Word
A popular saying which can be attributed (as a citation) to a specific source. These phrases have found entrance into general usage. Among them are often terse descriptions of complex matters or those of life experiences.
Example: Writing on the wall (Biblical book of Daniel)
Witticism
Witty remarks can be intentionally cruel and are more ingenious than funny.
Lady Astor said to Churchill, "If you were my husband, I'd poison your tea," Churchill replied "Madam, if you were my wife, I'd drink it!"

Axiom
An axiom (or postulate) is a principle of a theory, scientific model, or an axiomatic system that is and cannot be justified from within the system or derived by deduction.
Example: Law of the Excluded Middle [also: principle of the excluded third - this is the third of the three classic laws of thought; it states, that any statemet or proposition is either true or wrong]
In everyday language, the term Axiom is used to describe a fundamental simple truth; like a circle is round.
Dogma
A Dogma is a principle or set of principles, which serve as a definition or as a basic (normative) doctrine. Its inherent truth claim cannot be refuted, without affecting the very system's central paradigms and the (belief) systems stability. The content of a dogma has at least no proven or recognizable counterpart in reality. It is also often laid down by an authority as an incontrovertibly truth.
Paradox
A paradox is a statement that seemingly or actually contains an irresolvable contradiction. Thus it contradicts itself and yet might be true.
Example: All Cretans are liars. [from Epimenides (a Cretan) who made this immortal statement]
Nota bene: Self-referentiality or self-reference, is a term that describes how a symbol, an idea or statement (or a model, image, or story) refers to itself.

 



 

Example: The Great Emancipator — as a term for Abraham Lincoln. Folklore [ Old English: synonym for "saying" - meaning: uneducated wisdom, often based in .

100 Wise Sayings, Wisdom Sayings and Life Quotes

old wise sayings about life


Wisdom Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old wisdom quotes, wisdom sayings, and wisdom proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.      

Chinese Proverb

Justice is truth in action.      

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

A new broom sweeps clean but an old broom knows the corners.      

Virgin Islander (on friendship)

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and he'll eat forever.      

Chinese Proverb

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.      

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Silence is often misinterpreted but never misquoted.      

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Lost time is never found again.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others.      

Tibetan (on wisdom)

One should speak little with others and much with oneself.      

Danish (on the conduct of life)

When you say one thing, the clever person understands three.      

Chinese (on wisdom)

Plan your life like you will live forever, and live your life like you will die the next day.      

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Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.      

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.      

Lord John Russell (1792-1878)

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Life is a gift. When we embrace all that life has to offer, we can achieve success personally and professionally. One way to do this is to understand and implement many of the lessons from the people who came before us. This post has given a collection of wise sayings about life and success to provide insight into improving our lives.

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Old and wise sayings about life and success can be categorized into inspirational and motivational life quotes, beautiful famous life quotes, and powerful success quotes with images. Here are various sayings.

Sayings about life

  • Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
  • Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
  • Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
  • Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
  • Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
  • The purpose of life is to believe, to hope and to strive.
  • Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow.
  • We all make mistakes so instead of spending time dwelling on them, look to your mornings as a clean slate to start afresh.
  • Anyone who lives within their means suffers s from a lack of imagination.
  • Life is what happens when you're busy making another plan.
  • Today is a great day to make a difference for someone. I have a dream.
  • Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
  • Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
  • In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
  • Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
  • Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.
  • The trick in life is learning how to deal with it.

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  • Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
  • Get busy living or get busy dying.
  • Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.
  • I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.
  • Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
  • Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
  • In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.
  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
  • When you're wide awake say it for goodness sake, its gonna be a great day.
  • Sometimes I have a great day of filming and sometimes the theater strikes me better. It depends.
  • Don’t expect a great day, create one.
  • Every day above ground is a great day, remember that.
  • I get up every morning and it is going to be a great day. You never know when it is going to be over so I refuse to have to have a bad day.
  • Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that’s just the way it is!
  • Everyone has highs and lows that they have to learn from, but every morning I start off with a good head on my shoulders, saying to myself, It is going to be a good day!
  • You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have a sense of accomplishment.
  • I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that.
  • I take nothing for granted. I now have only good days or a great day.
  • Today a great day to change a life. Starting with yours.
  • I believe every day is a good day when you paint.
  • I choose to live in the present because when you suffer from chronic illness, you don’t have a choice. It is day by day, one foot in front of the other. When there is a good day, you soak up that moment. Those ‘ good selfie' moments are captured because they are a gift.
  • My goal has always been not to look forward to the next thing, but to relish and celebrate the successes I have at the moment. Whether it is landing a part in a student film or having a good day in acting class, I never discredit anything.
  • Very little is needed to make a happy life, it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
  • Life is like playing the violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
  • Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
  • Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

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  • The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.
  • We know what we are, but know not we may be.
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.
  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
  • While you’re going through this process of trying to find the satisfaction in your work, pretend you feel satisfied. Tell yourself you had a good day. Walk through the corridors with a smile rather than a scowl. Your positive energy will radiate. If you act like you are having fun, you'll find you are having fun.
  • Anyone can have a good day, but you have to be able to perform on a bad day.
  • You're going to struggle. You're going to do well. You can't really let the past or the day before- whether you had a good day or bad day- dictate the day you have that certain day.
  • Every day should be a good day. People fool themselves that they’ll be here forever.
  • When you just come off that last hole and you’ve just finished a good round of golf, life is good. When you come off that last hole and you messed it up through four and five holes and just played a lousy round of golf, it is just not a very good day. It just isn’t.
  • Usually, I start with a beat, I start making a beat, and my producer side is making the beat. And on a good day, my rapper side will jump in and start the writing process-maybe come up with a hook or start a verse. Sometimes it just happens like that. A song like ‘Lights Please’ happens like that.
  • It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
  • Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.
  • I tell you in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane.
  • We don’t “have” a great day, we “make it” a great day!
  • A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul.
  • Every day is a good day to be alive, whether the sun’s shining or not.
  • Animals praise a good day, a good hunt. They praise rain if they’re thirsty. That’s prayer. They don’t live an unconscious life, they grateful for the good things that come along.
  • To succeed in life, two things are needed; ignorance and confidence.

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Beautiful famous life sayings

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  • My life is my message. - Mahatma Gandhi
  • Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing. - Seneca
  • I love those who can smile in trouble. - Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Time means a lot to me because you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. - Bruce Lee
  • Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. - John Lennon
  • Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. - Marcus Aurelius
  • It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. - Andre Gide
  • Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. - Benjamin Franklin
  • Life is like playing the violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. - Samuel Butler
  • In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln
  • You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching. - William W. Purkey
  • Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. - William James
  • Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. - Elbert Hubbard
  • Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. - Susan Sontag
  • The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet. - Gustave Flaubert
  • I tell you, in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane. - Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • We know what we are, but know not what we may be. - William Shakespeare
  • Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things. - Kenneth Branagh
  • The trick in life is learning how to deal with it. - Helen Mirren
  • Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. - Omar Khayyam
  • Get busy living or get busy dying. - Stephen King
  • Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold. - Bob Marley
  • I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to. - Jimi Hendrix
  • To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. - Oscar Wilde
  • Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. - Oscar Wilde
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. - Henry David Thoreau
  • Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. - St. Augustine
  • You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. - Mae West
  • The mind is everything. What you think you become. - Buddha
  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. - Lao Tzu
  • The unexamined life is not worth living. - Socrates

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  • Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. - Steve Jobs
  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi
  • The best way out is always through. - Robert Frost
  • Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. - George S. Patton
  • Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. - Henry David Thoreau
  • Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. - George Bernard Shaw
  • Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. - Mark Twain
  • Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. - Confucius
  • If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. - Albert Einstein
  • Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. - Albert Einstein
  • Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. - Babe Ruth
  • Keep calm and carry on. - Winston Churchill
  • Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. - William Shakespeare
  • Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved. - D. H. Lawrence
  • Life is short, death is forever. - Chuck Palahniuk
  • Life is short but it is wide. This too shall pass. - Rebecca Wells
  • The greatest pleasure of life is love. - Euripides
  • Fortune and love favor the brave. - Ovid
  • Life is a long lesson in humility. - James M. Barrie
  • It’s better to dance than to march through life. - Yoko Ono
  • We are who we choose to be. - Green Goblin

Inspirational and motivational life quotes

  • I’m always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them. - Pablo Picasso
  • Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. - Sarah Louise Delany

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  • The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before. - Albert Einstein
  • The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive. - Indira Gandhi
  • I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. - Mother Teresa
  • Be willing to sacrifice what you think you have today for the life that you want tomorrow. - Neil Strauss
  • The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. - Anthony Robbins
  • The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. - Neil Gaiman
  • My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. - Maya Angelou
  • Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. - Barbara Sher
  • Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one’s will. - Paul Gauguin
  • Be so good they can’t ignore you. - Steve Martin
  • If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. - Mary Engelbreit
  • The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. - William James
  • All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney
  • We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. - Oscar Wilde
  • If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way. - Henry Ford
  • Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. - Colin Powell
  • I am thankful to all who said no to me. It is because of them that I’m doing it myself. - Albert Einstein

Short success quotes

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  • Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success.
  • Many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
  • As long as you’re going to be thinking, think big. Capital will never be scarce; vision is.
  • Logic will get you from one point to another. Imagination will take you everywhere.
  • Success comes by loving yourself, loving what you do, and loving how you do it.
  • Success is walking from failure to failure without giving up.
  • The key function of a leader is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
  • The roads to success and failure are almost the same.
  • If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.
  • The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
  • Success is the most important to many, to me it’s just a bonus.
  • I have had all of the disadvantages required for success.
  • Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.
  • How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
  • Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.
  • Be patient for what’s written for you is written by greatest of writers.
  • Desire is the key to motivation. Determination, commitment and continuous pursuit of your goal, will enable you to attain the success you desire.
  • With effort and hard work, it is possible to achieve your targets.
  • You can never win if you don’t begin.
  • It is never too late to start. Just have the will and drive to begin your road to success.
  • Always remind yourself that each failure is a stepping stone to your greatness.
  • Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.
  • The key is not spending time, but in investing it.
  • Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.
  • Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
  • Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.
  • If you want to live a happy life, tie it to goal, not to people or things.
  • Love the life you live. Live the life you love.

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  • All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
  • We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
  • If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way.
  • Life will always try to make things hard, but every time you overcome those obstacles, you become stronger.
  • At the end of the day, life should ask us, ‘Do you want to save the changes?’
  • If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
  • Life is like a bar of soap, once you think you’ve got a hold of it, it slips away.
  • No expectations, no disappointments.
  • Life is short, smile till you still have teeth.
  • Forget your age and live your life.
  • Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many people you brought with you.
  • Failure is a success in progress.
  • Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
  • Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.
  • The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
  • Success is never accidental.
  • The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.
  • One can have the no smaller or greater mastery to oneself.
  • Living our life deeply and with happiness, having time to care for our loved ones this is another kind of success, another kind of power, and it is much more important.
  • If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit.No use being a damn fool about it.
  • The people who succeed are irrationally passionate about something.
  • The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible –and achieve it, generation after generation.
  • My secret for success. I don’t know what the hell success means.
  • Success is leaving a good path, or even better, leaving no path at all.
  • Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
  • It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
  • The successful people in this world take life as it comes. They just go out and deal with the world as it is.
  • Behind every successful man, there is a lot of unsuccessful years.
  • To be able to look back upon one’s life in satisfaction is to live twice.
  • I don’t dwell on success. Maybe that’s one reason I’m successful.
  • Success is leaving a good path, or even better, leaving no path at all.

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  • Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
  • It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
  • Success is my only option, failure’s not.
  • The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
  • Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
  • I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
  • Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
  • That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
  • Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.
  • Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
  • Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal.
  • The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.
  • All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.
  • The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
  • Success is never final but failure can be.

Powerful success sayings

Here are some powerful success sayings to get you on the right path:

  • If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.
  • A minute’s success pays the failure of years.
  • Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
  • The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.
  • Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.
  • The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it.
  • Always have confidence and grow with each experience whether good or bad. Don’t get held back in fear of rejection failure, strive for your goals. Believing in yourself is the key to your success in life.
  • Success is not in what you have, but who you are.
  • The true success is the person who invented himself.
  • Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives. Be creative, but make sure that what you create is not a curse for mankind.
  • Success consists of going from failure without loss of enthusiasm.
  • Have no fear of perfection-you’ll never reach it.
  • To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
  • Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you are willing to pay the price.
  • Winning is a habit. Unfortunately so is losing.
  • Success is my only option, failures not.
  • The path to success is to take massive determined action.
  • We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do, and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
  • Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
  • If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.
  • I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common.
  • There are no gains without pains.
  • I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
  • Always bear in mind that you own resolution to succeed is more is more important than any other thing.
  • That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
  • Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.
  • Nothing succeeds like success.
  • Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
  • Success is getting what you want. Happiness Is wanting what you get.
  • Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal.
  • The best revenge is a massive success.
  • I wanted to be successful, not famous.
  • The secret to success is to do the common things uncommonly well.
  • All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.
  • Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
  • Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.
  • An action is the foundation key to all success.

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  • If you are going through hell, keep going.
  • Success is the child of audacity.
  • To succeed, we must first believe that we can.
  • To fly, we have to have resistance.
  • Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.
  • Success is an unshared failure.
  • The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
  • Nothing fails like success.
  • Measure your success according to fun and creativity.
  • Applause waits on success.
  • Success is never final, but failure can be.
  • You sleep on a win and you will wake up on with a loss.
  • When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts.
  • One fails forward toward success.
  • To be great is to be misunderstood.
  • Be brave when you are scared, humble when you are victorious.
  • Success has never been a great liar.
  • Success is the sum of details.
  • Success cannot be forced.
  • Success is the fruit of concentration.
  • Success tempts many to their ruin.
  • Success is a poor teacher.
  • Success is dependent on effort.
  • Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.
  • To me, success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world –that I am able to change it in positive ways.
  • Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it- but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
  • The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do and then do it.
  • I measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her fellow human beings.
  • Winners are not afraid of losing, but losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.
  • The most successful men, in the end, are those whose success is the result of steady accretion.
  • Be hungry for success, hungry to make your mark, hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect. And as you move up and become more successful, make sure also to be hungry for helping others.
  • Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
  • The ladder of success is the best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
  • Those who have successfully overcome their fears and take action.Those who don't submit to their fears and live with regrets.
  • Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success.
  • Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
  • Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.
  • Successful people are the ones who think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at.
  • The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel the rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.
  • Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.
  • Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.

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  • Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.
  • Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
  • I’m finding that success is way more time-consuming than failure ever was.
  • Don’t stress about the press if you want success.
  • The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.
  • Success isn’t everything but it makes a man stand straight.
  • If success is a habit, it is a hard one to acquire.
  • Conquer, but don’t triumph.
  • Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.
  • The success of any great moral enterprise does not depend upon numbers.

Here are more success quotes and sayings:

  • Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody.
  • The great person is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
  • The only question to ask yourself is, how much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve this success?

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  • Success is counted sweetest by those who never succeed. To comprehend a nectar requires sorest need.
  • The success or failure of a life, as far as posterity goes, seems to lie in the more or less luck of seizing the right moment of escape.
  • Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the everyday things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.
  • Practice as you’ve never won. Perform like you’ve never lost.
  • There is only one kind of success that really matters: the success of transforming ourselves, transforming our afflictions, fear, and anger. This is the kind of success, the kind of power, that will benefits us and others without causing any damage.
  • We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
  • Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.
  • Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.
  • Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it. Success is shy-it won’t come out while you’re watching.
  • Success is keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.
  • Success is a consequence and must not be a goal.
  • To be successful be ahead of your time, but only a little.
  • Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
  • There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
  • Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
  • Be careful, ever so careful, in trumpeting your own achievements, and always talk less about yourself than about other people. Modesty is generally preferable.
  • Actually, your past successes are your biggest obstacle: is different, and you cannot assume that what worked before will work today.
  • He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much
  • The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.
  • If I tell you I’m good, probably you will say I’m boasting. But if I tell you I ‘m not good, you’ll know I’m lying.
  • The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
  • There is little success where there is little laughter.
  • Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same.
  • Accomplishing goals is not a success. How much you expand in the process is.
  • If you only master yourself and you don’t help anyone else, we’d call you happy, but nobody would define you as successful.

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  • Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised.
  • Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
  • Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.
  • The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
  • Success breeds success, and failure leads to a sort of fallow period.
  • Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
  • It is not the possession of the truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him.
  • Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.
  • You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.
  • Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others.
  • All my growth and development led me to believe that if you really do the right thing, and if you play by the rules, and if you’ve got good enough, solid judgment and common sense, that you’re going to be able to do whatever you want to do with your life.
  • Success isn’t always going to be a huge contract; success is going to be if you just live out your purpose in life.
  • Those who succeed and are happy know that the goal is to be authentic and memorable and make a difference, not to understand and liked by everyone.
  • Happiness is not always through success. Equally, the constant pursuit of success is sure unhappiness. But we have to find the balance.
  • Life fundamentally does not change depending on work or fame or success.
  • Sometimes success comes in ways you don’t expect.
  • A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
  • Success can be obviously a two-way street.
  • Behind every successful person lies a pack of haters.
  • Life is a succession of lessons enforced by immediate reward, or, oftener, by immediate chastisement.
  • Often it’s the little, daily decisions-the ones you make an hour by hour-that mean the difference between success and failure.
  • Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
  • Success comes from curiosity, concentration, perseverance, and self-criticism.
  • I’m not one of those people who think they simply deserve success. I have the drive to work.
  • Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down.
  • People just don’t know how obsessed I am with winning.
  • I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful entrepreneurs is pure perseverance. It is so hard, you pour so much of your life into this thing, there are such rough moments in time, that most people give up. I don’t blame them, it’s really tough.
  • I know the price of success: dedication hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
  • I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.
  • Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.
  • The harder you work for something you love, the more meaningful your life becomes.
  • Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
  • Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.
  • No matter how much it hurts now, someday you will look back and realize your struggles changed your life for the better.
  • Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.
  • Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals.
  • Success is never accidental.
  • If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.
  • The people who succeed are irrationally passionate about something.
  • I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.
  • The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.
  • The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do and then do it.
  • Greatness is not where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it-but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
  • The most successful men, in the end, are those whose success is the result of steady accretion.
  • If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

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  • Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success.
  • Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
  • Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.
  • Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.
  • Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.
  • Success isn’t always going to be a huge contract; success is going to be if you just live out your purpose in life.
  • Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals.
  • Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.
  • We can be truly successful only at something we’re willing to fail at.
  • It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.
  • A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.
  • It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.
  • Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
  • The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
  • Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one second time.
  • The world’s most successful entrepreneurs play hard, but they work even harder.
  • Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody.
  • Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.
  • Success comes in cans; failure in can't.

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Wisdom Sayings and Quotes

old wise sayings about life

Weather

  • Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.
  • Red sky at night, shepherds delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning.
  • When rain comes before the wind, halyards, sheets and braces mind, but when wind comes before rain, soon you may make sail again.
  • When dew is on the grass, no rain will come to pass.

The majority of the proverbs regarding the weather have grown into rhymes.

We have created a separate site titled
Folk Lore Weather Forecasting
to display the many great proverbs that deal with weather.

You will notice how once again many of the weather sayings refer to sailors, farmers and travellers, all of whom in the old days were outdoors and exposed to the weather.

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Friendship

  • A friend's frown is better than a fool's smile.
  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.
  • A friend is easier lost than found.
  • A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.
  • A problem shared is a problem halved.
  • A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart.
  • False friends are worse than open enemies.
  • Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
  • Give credit where credit is due.
  • Grief divided is made lighter.
  • Memory is the treasure of the mind.
  • Nothing dries sooner than a tear.
  • Old friends and old wine are best.
  • The best of friends must part.
  • The best things are not bought and sold.
  • There is no better looking-glass than an old friend.
  • To err is human (To forgive divine).
  • Two cannot fall out if one does not choose.

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Growth

  • A little body doth often harbour a great soul.
  • A point is the beginning of magnitude.
  • A spark can start a great fire.
  • A short cut is often a wrong cut.
  • Big fish eat little fish.
  • Everything has an end.
  • Failure is not an option.
  • Fall seven times. Stand up eight.
  • First in best dressed.
  • From trivial things, great contests often arise.
  • Give them an inch and they'll take a mile.
  • Grow angry slowly, there's plenty of time.
  • Growing old is inevitable; growing up is optional.
  • He who hesitates is lost.
  • It's either all or nothing.
  • It is easier to destroy than to build.
  • Little strokes fell great oaks.
  • Lost time is never found again.
  • Many drops make a shower.
  • Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow.
  • Necessity is a hard nurse, but she raises strong children.
  • Rome wasn't built in a day.
  • Seize the day
  • Small faults indulged let in greater.
  • Some of the best gifts come in small packages.

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Love

  • A loveless life is a living death.
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  • All's fair in love and war.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  • Before you meet the handsome prince you have to kiss a lot of toads.
  • Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.
  • Cold hands, warm heart.
  • Distance makes the heart grow fonder.
  • Faint heart never won fair lady.
  • First impressions are the most lasting.
  • Hatred is as blind as love.
  • Love and a cough cannot be hid.
  • Love does much but money does all.
  • Love levels all inequalities.
  • Love makes a good eye squint.
  • Love sees no faults.
  • Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.
  • Love to live and live to love.
  • Love with life is heaven; and life unloving, hell.
  • Man is the head but woman turns it.
  • Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
  • The course of love never did run smooth.
  • The Lord loveth a cheerful liar.
  • There is a thin line between love and hate.
  • To eat one's heart out.
  • True beauty lies within.
  • You can't live on bread alone.

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Travel

  • A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
  • After dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile.
  • Bad news travels fast.
  • Be aware that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
  • Better to go back than go wrong.
  • Don't cross your bridges until you come to them.
  • Doubt is the deadliest enemy of any dream.
  • Everybody must row with the oars he has.
  • Every path has its puddle.
  • Good company on the road is the shortest cut.
  • He who stops at every stone never gets to his journey's end.
  • He who wants to travel far takes care of his beast.
  • If you don't know where you're going, then the journey is never ending.
  • It is the first step that is difficult.
  • On a long journey even a straw is heavy.
  • Show a clean pair of heels.
  • Slow and steady wins the race.
  • Some roads aren't meant to be travelled alone.
  • Step by step one goes far.
  • The beaten path is safest.
  • The hardest part is leaving home.
  • The longest journey begins with the first step.
  • The longest way round is the sweetest way home.
  • You have to crawl before you walk.

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Conversation

  • A fool uttereth all his mind.
  • A bad excuse is better then none.
  • A closed mouth gathers no foot.
  • Actions speak louder than words.
  • Angry words fan the fire like wind.
  • Call a spade a spade.
  • Do as I say not as I do.
  • Don't advertise: Tell it to a gossip.
  • Don't go off half-cocked.
  • Few words and many deeds.
  • For donkeys' ages.
  • Gossips are frogs, they drink and talk.
  • He who sings drives away sorrow.
  • If you don't say it you will not have to unsay it.
  • It takes two to have an argument.
  • Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.
  • Listen to the pot calling the kettle black.
  • Many a true word spoken in jest.
  • Negotiation is preferable to confrontation.
  • No news is good news.
  • Nothing is ill said if it is not ill taken.
  • One picture is worth a thousand words.
  • Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  • Self praise is no recommendation.
  • Silence is an excellent remedy against slander.
  • Silence is golden.
  • Silence is less injurious than a bad reply.
  • Since before cocky was an egg.
  • Speak clearly, if you speak at all.
  • Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.
  • Stop beating around the bush.
  • Take your wife's first advice.

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Business

  • A good conscience is a soft pillow.
  • A good thing is soon snatched up.
  • A little bit of something is better than a lot of nothing.
  • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
  • Better safe than sorry.
  • Better late than never.
  • Business before pleasure.
  • Credit won by lying is quick in dying.
  • Damage suffered makes you knowing, but seldom rich.
  • Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.
  • Divide and conquer.
  • Don't rely on the label on the bag.
  • Don't throw the baby out with the bath-water.
  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
  • Experience is the best teacher.
  • First come, first served.
  • Fore-warned is fore-armed.
  • Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
  • Hasty judgements are generally faulty.
  • Honesty is the best policy.
  • If anything can go wrong, it will.
  • It's a poor job that can't carry one boss.
  • Keep It Simple (The KISS principal).
  • Let the buyer beware.
  • Look before you leap.
  • Nobody can serve two masters.
  • One false move may lose the game.
  • One man's loss, is another man's gain.
  • Peace begins just where ambition ends.
  • Plan for the worst; hope for the best.
  • Possession is nine tenths of the law.
  • Rules are made to be broken.
  • Successful people are persistent.
  • The customer is always right.
  • The gods help them that help themselves.
  • The golden age never was the present one.
  • To each his own.
  • We do not always gain by changing.
  • Where there's a will there's a way.

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Fools

  • A fool and his money are soon parted.
  • A fool in a gown is none the wiser.
  • A wise man doesn't need advice, and a fool won't take it.
  • Advice when most needed is least heeded.
  • Always in a hurry, always behind.
  • Cheap is dear in the long run.
  • Confess and be hanged.
  • Cut off one's nose to spite one's face.
  • Empty vessels make the most noise.
  • Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
  • He that loves glass without a G, take away L and that is he.
    (This proverb plus many others can be located at Whimsical Proverbs)
  • He who won't be advised, can't be helped.
  • If the cap fits, wear it.
  • In one ear and out the other.
  • It can't happen here is number one on the list of famous last words.
  • It is better to stay silent and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
  • One of these days is none of these days.
  • People who living in glass houses should not throw stones.
  • Pride cometh before a fall.
  • Pride feels no pain.
  • See nothing, say nothing, know nothing.
  • The bigger they are the harder they fall.
  • The fool wanders, the wise man travels.
  • The hood does not make the monk.
  • The wise man is deceived once but the fool twice.
  • There is no fool like an old fool.
  • Use not today what tomorrow will need.
  • What's the good of home, if you are never in it?
  • You cannot lose what you never had.

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Money

  • Find a coin pick it up
  • All the day you'll have good luck.
  • Drop a penny leave it lay
  • Bring someone a lucky day.
  • A bad penny always comes back.
  • A light purse makes a heavy heart.
  • A little each day is much in a year.
  • A man's intentions seldom add to his income.
  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • A poor man is better than a liar.
  • A single penny fairly got is worth a thousand that are not.
  • All that glitters is not gold.
  • Always you are to be rich next year.
  • Beggars can't be choosers.
  • Better to have than to wish.
  • Diamonds are forever.
  • Discretion is the better part of valour.
  • Every man has his price.
  • Every man is the architect of his destiny.
  • Experience is the father of wisdom.
  • Fair exchange is no robbery.
  • He has enough who is content.
  • He that pays last never pays twice.
  • He is rich that is satisfied.
  • In for a penny, in for a pound.
  • It is better to be born lucky than rich.
  • Little and often fill the purse.
  • Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.
  • Money burns a hole in your pocket.
  • Money doesn't grow on trees.
  • Money is not the key to happiness, but if you have enough money you can have a key made.
  • Never spend your money before you have it.
  • One today is worth two tomorrows.
  • Penny wise, pound foolish.
  • Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves.
  • The best cast at dice is not to play.
  • The love of money is the root of all evil.
  • The safest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
  • There is no honour among thieves.
  • Waste not, want not.

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Work

  • Once a task has first begun, never quit until it's done, be the labour great or small, do it well or not at all.
  • A bad workman blames his tools
  • A good reputation is a fair estate.
  • A ship in the harbour is safe; but that is not what a ship is for.
  • Adversity is no match for tenacity.
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
  • An honest day's pay for an honest day's work.
  • An idle man is the devil's playfellow.
  • Diligence is the mother of good luck.
  • Don't try kicking against the wind.
  • Hard work never did anyone any harm.
  • He who does nothing, does not damage anything.
  • If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well.
  • If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
  • If it is not broken, don't fix it.
  • If you can't help, don't hinder.
  • If you see something you like, take it and make it better.
  • It's all in a days work.
  • It is easy to criticise others work, when you are not working.
  • Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes it.
  • Least talk most work.
  • Many hands make light work.
  • More haste less speed.
  • Needs must when the devil drives.
  • Never put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today.
  • No life can be dreary when work is a delight.
  • Not to break is better than to mend.
  • The devil finds work for idle hands.
  • The harder you work, the luckier you are.
  • The hardest work is to do nothing.
  • The only time you should be late is for your own funeral.
  • Think thrice, measure twice, cut once.
  • Those who never do anything never make mistakes.
  • Work as if everything depends on me, but pray as if everything depends on God.

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Animal related

  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  • A bird makes his nest little by little.
  • A cat has nine lives.
  • All cats are grey in the dark.
  • An elephant never forgets.
  • An old fox need learn no craft.
  • Birds of a feather flock together.
  • Curiosity killed the cat; Satisfaction brought it back.
  • Curses, like chickens come home to roost.
  • Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
  • His bark is louder than his bite.
  • If you lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.
  • It's an ill bird that fouls its own nest.
  • It's an old dog for a hard road.
  • It's no use closing the stable door, after the horse has bolted.
  • It’s not the size of the dog in a fight that matters but the size of the fight in the dog.
  • Kill two birds with the one stone.
  • Let sleeping dogs lie.
  • Like a fish out of water.
  • Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
  • No sense closing the barn door after the horse has bolted.
  • Nothing falls into the mouth of a sleeping fox.
  • One can win a rat race and still be a rat.
  • Putting the cart before the horse.
  • Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
  • The early bird catches the worm.
  • The leopard does not change his spots.
  • The sleepy fox catches no chickens.
  • There's no use in flogging a dead horse.
  • To scare a bird is not the way to catch it.
  • What do you expect from a pig, but a grunt?
  • When a fox hears a rabbit screaming it comes running, but not to help.
  • While the cats away the mice play.
  • You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
  • You can't buy a racehorse for the price of a donkey.
  • You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

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Rural

  • A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss.
  • After the storm comes the calm.
  • All aren't hunters that blow the horn.
  • As green as grass.
  • As is the gardener so is the garden.
  • As you sow, so shall you reap.
  • Best to bend it while it's a twig.
  • By hook or by crook.
  • Deeds are fruits, words are but leaves.
  • Distance lends enhancement to the view.
  • Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.
  • Empty bags cannot stand upright.
  • Every cloud has a silver lining.
  • Every dog has its day.
  • Fresh as a daisy.
  • It is better to be green and growing than ripe and rotten.
  • It is hard to soar like an eagle when surrounded by turkeys.
  • It is too late closing the gate after the horse has bolted.
  • Leave no stone unturned.
  • Like looking for a needle in a haystack.
  • Make hay while the sun shines.
  • Milk the cow but don't pull off the udder.
  • Never cackle unless you lay.
  • Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  • Oaks may fall when reeds take the storm.
  • One day a rooster, the next day a feather duster.
  • Shake the hand before you plough the field.
  • Strike while the iron's hot.
  • The best ground bears weeds as well as flowers.
  • The darkest night brings the brightest dawn.
  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
  • The more you stir, the more it stinks.
  • The sun shines on both sides of the hedge.
  • The worst wheel always creaks most.
  • There's always one rotten apple in every box.
  • Too many irons in the fire.
  • Useless as a screen door on a dunny.
        (A dunny is an old style Australian outside toilet)
  • You can't get blood out of a stone.

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Relationships

  • A good friend is one's nearest relation.
  • A man is known by the company he keeps.
  • A man of straw needs a woman of gold.
  • Apples don't fall far from the tree.
  • A wink is as good as a nod, to a blind man.
  • An injury is forgiven better than an injury revenged.
  • Anger and hate hinder good counsel.
  • Appearances are deceptive.
  • At a round table there's no dispute about the place.
  • Attack is the best form of defence
  • Be slow in choosing, but slower in changing.
  • Behind every great man stands a strong woman.
  • Blood is thicker than water.
  • Cheerfulness smooths the road of life.
  • Confess and be hanged.
  • Conscience makes cowards of us all.
  • Don't blow your own trumpet.
  • Do as you would be done by.
  • Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
  • Grow angry slowly; there's plenty of time.
  • He bears misery best that hides it most.
  • He that hurts another, hurts himself.
  • He who wronged you will hate you.
  • Heavy givers are light complainers.
  • Honour is a gift you give yourself.
  • I am rubber and you are glue. Your words bounce off me and stick to you.
  • If you lose your temper, don't look for it.
  • It's not over till it's over.
  • Joy shared is double joy; grief shared is (only) half grief.
  • Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone.
  • Never let the sun set on angry heart.
  • Never let the sun go down on your anger.
  • Never let the sun set on thy wrath.
  • Never quarrel with one's bread and butter.
  • No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one who is, won't make you cry.
  • Open confession is good for the soul.
  • Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Patience is a virtue.
  • Persuasion is better than force.
  • Spare the rod and spoil the child.
  • Temper is so good a thing that we should never lose it.
  • The greater joy is in giving - not receiving.
  • There is nothing as sharp as a woman's tongue.
  • To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.
  • Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness.
  • You made your bed, now you must lie in it.

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Life

  • A bully is always a coward.
  • A handsome shoe often pinches the foot.
  • A good thing is all the sweeter when won with pain.
  • A man too careful of danger lives in continual torment.
  • A miss is as good as a mile.
  • Adversity flatters no man
  • Adversity and loss make a man wise
  • All promises are either broken or kept.
  • All things come to those that wait.
  • An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
  • An open door may tempt a saint.
  • As one door closes, another always opens.
  • As you go through life, make this your goal, watch the doughnut and not the hole.
  • Brevity is the soul of wit.
  • Cut your coat according to the cloth.
  • Discretion is the better part of valour.
  • Do right and fear no man.
  • Easy come, easy go.
  • Experience is the hardest teacher. She gives the test first and the lesson afterwards.
  • Familiarity breeds contempt.
  • Fortune favours the brave.
  • Hall binks are oft sliddery.     An explanation
  • He who laughs last, laughs longest.
  • Home is where the heart is.
  • Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
  • If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
  • In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
  • It never rains but it pours.
  • Leave tomorrow till tomorrow.
  • Life begins at forty.
  • Life's trials may be hard to bear, but patience can outlive them.
  • Live and learn.
  • Manners maketh the man.
  • No man is worse for knowing the worst of himself.
  • Only the good die young.
  • Procrastination is the thief of time.
  • The best things in life are free.
  • The dogs bark but the caravan moves on.     An explanation
  • The family that prays together, stays together.
  • The longer you live the more you see.
  • The meek shall inherit the earth.
  • The receiver is as bad as the thief.
  • To wait and be patient soothes many a pang.
  • To promise yourself a future means to rob yourself of the present.
  • Up and down like a fiddler's elbow.
  • We cannot erase the sad records from our past.
  • What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over.
  • While there's life there's hope.

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Wisdom

  • A change is as good as a rest.
  • A stitch in time saves nine.
  • A throne is only a bench covered in purple velvet.
  • A wise man shall hold his tongue till he sees his opportunity.
  • Accidents will happen.
  • All's well that ends well.
  • Attack is the best means of defence.
  • Charity begins at home.
  • Different strokes for different folks.
  • Do not in an instant what an age cannot recompense.
  • Don't knock on death's door, ring the doorbell and run.
  • Don't try to teach your grand-mother to suck eggs.
  • Empty vessels make the most sound.
  • Empty barrels make the most noise.
  • Four eyes are better than two.
  • Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.
  • He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.
  • Innocent as a new born babe.
  • It's an ill wind that blows no-one some good.
  • It is better to stay silent and be thought a fool, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
  • Necessity is the mother of invention.
  • No one can be caught in places he does not visit.
  • No point in making a mountain out of a molehill.
  • No wise man ever wishes to be younger.
  • Not in a month of Sundays.
  • One man's junk is another man's treasure.
  • Only desire what you deserve.
  • Out of the frying pan into the fire.
  • Still waters run deep.
  • Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.
  • The darkest hour is before the dawn.
  • The pen is mightier than the sword.
  • The wise shall understand.
  • Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
  • Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.
  • Tomorrow is a new day.
  • Two heads are better than one.
  • You can't tell a book by its cover.
  • When water is above your head a thousand fathoms is as one.
  • Where observation is concerned, chance favours only the prepared mind.
  • Where there's smoke there's fire.
  • Wisdom is better than strength.
  • Wisdom is neither inheritance nor a legacy.
  • Wisdom is the wealth of the wise.
  • Wise it is to comprehend the whole.
  • You can't put an old head on young shoulders.
  • You never know what you can do till you try.

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Health & Food

  • A watched pot never boils.
  • A drowning man will clutch at a straw.
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  • An onion a day keeps everyone away.
  • An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.
  • Another pot ! Try the teapot.
  • As fit as a fiddle.
  • As hard as nails.
  • As sick as a dog.
  • As you go through life, make this your goal, watch the doughnut and not the hole.
  • Be not a baker if your head is made of butter.
  • Beauty is but skin deep.
  • Better late thrive than never do well.
  • Better to be poor and healthy rather than rich and sick.
  • Better to wear out than rust out.
  • Bread never falls but on its buttered side.
  • Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
  • Content is health to the sick and riches to the poor.
  • Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
  • Drink like a fish, water only.
  • Early to bed, early to rise, makes you healthy, wealthy & wise.
  • Enough is as good as a feast.
  • Fair words butter no cabbage.
  • Give a man a fish and he will eat for the day. Give him a fishing rod, and he will eat forever.
  • Good wine ruins the purse, and bad wine ruins the stomach.
  • Greediness burst the bag.
  • Grumbling makes the loaf no larger.
  • Half a loaf is better than none.
  • He who rises late must trot all day.
  • He who drinks a little too much drinks much too much.
  • His eyes are bigger than his belly.
  • Hunger is the best sauce.
  • It is no use crying over spilt milk.
  • Old friends and old wine are best.
  • One man's meat is another man's poison.
  • Ready money is ready medicine.
  • Sound as a bell.
  • The nearer the bone the sweeter the meat.
  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
  • There's many a slip, twixt cup and the lip.
  • To add insult to injury.
  • To look as if butter will not melt in his mouth.
  • Too many cooks spoil the broth.
  • What can't be cured must be endured.
  • What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
  • What you eat today walks and talks tomorrow.
  • Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness.
  • You are what you eat.
  • You can't have your cake and eat it too. -
    When you analyse it you see that short term you can have you cake and then eat it. But, long term, once you have eaten your cake you don't have your cake as it has been eaten. So "You can't have your cake and eat it too", is correct.
  • You can eat an elephant if you do it one mouthful at a time.
  • You can't unscramble a scrambled egg.

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