If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.
One joy shatters a hundred griefs.
He that knows nothing, doubts nothing.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
Where there is no difficulty there is no praise.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
Don’t think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
A merry heart does good like medicine.
Flowers leave their fragrance on the hand that bestows them.
A life without love is like a year without summer.
Books and proverbs receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.
Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet; In short, my dear, kiss me and be quiet.
—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762) English Aristocrat, Poet, Novelist, Writer
A collections of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) German Poet
Hunger is the best sauce.
Proverbs are the literature of reason, or the statements of absolute truth, without qualification. Like the sacred books of each nation, they are the sanctuary of its intuitions.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
Money grows on the tree of patience.
There’s only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.
—Zen Proverb Japanese School of Mahayana Buddhism
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
Laughter is the best medicine.
We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
If you share your friend’s crime, you make it your own.
—Publilius Syrus (fl.85–43 BCE) Syrian-born Roman Latin Writer
Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet.
Charity sees the need, not the cause.
One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.
—G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) English Journalist, Novelist, Essayist, Poet
When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.
If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.
If you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.
—Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1837–1919) English Novelist, Biographer
The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy. Collect and learn them; they are notable measures of directions for human life; you have much in little; they save time in speaking; and upon occasion may be the fullest and safest answers.
—William Penn (1644–1718) American Entrepreneur, Political leader, Philosopher
Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.
One kind word can warm three winter months.
A bad workman always blames his tools.
A truly great man never puts away the simplicity of a child.
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
Many a true word is spoken in jest.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
He who has nothing to die for has nothing to live for.
There is often more spiritual force in a proverb than in whole philosophical systems.
—Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) Scottish Historian, Essayist
A bird does not sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song.
—Joan Walsh Anglund
Seeing is believing.