Compiled by Donia Zhang
1. Time and
tide wait for no man.
2. What may
be done at any time will be done at no time.
3. What the
fool does in the end,
4. Well begun
is half done.
5. Where there's
a will there's a way.
6. Money spend on the brain is never spent in vain.
7. The love of money and the love of learning rarely meet.
8. How much
better to get wisdom than gold,
is more precious than rubies,
10. Do not
forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
11. Who is
wise and understanding among you?
is she who knows she does not know.
13. True insight
comes from within.
14. He who
knows what is right will do right.
15. A man's
wisdom gives him patience;
16. He has wit at will that with an angry heart can hold him still.
17. Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools, by their own.
18. Wit bought is better than wit taught.
19. A wise
man changes his mind, a fool never will.
20. Wise men
have their mouths in their hearts,
21. No man can play the fool as well as the wise man.
22. A wise
man's heart guides his mouth,
23. The wise
in heart are called discerning.
24. He that boasts of his knowledge proclaims his ignorance.
wise, pound foolish.
26. When I lent I was a friend, when I asked I was unkind.
27. Rich folk
have many friends.
28. If you
are too fortunate, you will not know yourself,
29. People who live in glass houses should never throw stones.
and lasses are brittle ware.
31. All roads
lead to Rome.
waters run deep.
is silver but silence is gold.
34. Small sorrows speak, great ones are silent.
to listen deeply without giving an overly quick reply.
36. It is
the promise of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom
37. Life is half spent before we know what it is.
38. A lazy
youth, a lousy age.
is the mother of good luck.
is the mother of invention.
41. Knowledge is power. Knowledge increases strength.
42. Knowledge without practice makes but half an artist.
43. S/he who is ashamed of asking is ashamed of learning.
44. The devil
sometimes speak the truth.
45. The greater the truth, the greater the libel.
winds blow upon high hills.
are but wind.
48. The greatest
talkers are always the least doers.
49. A man
of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
50. Let patience grow in your garden always.
51. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
pay the butcher than the doctor.
53. Good advice
is beyond price.
54. Eat to
live, but do not live to eat.
55. One enemy
is too many,
57. Cups that
cheer, but not inebriate.
58. What soberness conceals, drunkenness reveals.
59. Never cross a bridge before you come to it.
do things by halves.
61. No pains,
62. No rose
without a thorn.
63. That which was bitter to endure may be sweet to remember.
64. Who has never tasted bitter, knows not what is sweet.
65. S/he deserves not the sweet that will not taste the sour.
is great force hidden in a sweet command.
67. A good lawyer makes an evil neighbor.
build houses, and wise men buy them.
69. A bad
workman quarrels with his tools.
70. A good surgeon must have an eagle's eye, a lion's heart, and a lady's hand.
71. The chamber
of sickness is the chapel of devotion.
72. The best physicians are Dr Diet, Quiet, and Dr Merryman.
73. A happy
heart makes the face cheerful,
74. A cheerful
heart is good medicine.
75. Too many
cooks spoil the broth.
76. He is happiest, king or peasant, who finds his peace at home. - Goethe
77. Dry bread
at home is better than roast meat abroad.
78. Pride and grace dwell never in one place.
80. Everybody's business is nobody's business.
81. The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller not one.
is the best policy.
83. If a man
deceives me once, shame on him;
84. The darkest hour is before the dawn.
85. If there
were no clouds, we should not enjoy the sun.
86. When we
bring sunshine into the lives of others, we are warmed by it ourselves.
87. A rainbow
in the morning is the shepherd's warning;
88. The day has eyes and the night has ears.
89. The tortoise wins the race while the hare is sleeping.
90. Plough deep while others sleep and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.
91. Under water, famine, under snow, bread.
by little as the cat ate the flickle.
93. When the cat is away the mice will play.
94. When the fox says he is a vegetarian, it's time for the hen to look out.
and natures do often agree.
is a very attractive age.
97. A good poem begins in delight and ends with wisdom.
98. Hope for
the best and prepare for the worst.
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