Adages from Samian personalities
Bad hopes, like bad guides, lead to bad actions
Do not seek for happiness, it is always within yourself
Knowledge and wisdom is not the same thing
The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
The more you know the world, the more you know yourself
Try to be wise first,and be smart when you’ll have free time
A character creates a life
To understand the nation, learn its language
The beginning is half of the case
Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
Example is the best precept.
Every truth has two sides, it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.
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.
Even though life moves forward, youth has to start everything anew
The level of our success is limited only by our imagination.
Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
Be a friend of the truth to the martyrdom, but do not be its defender to intolerance
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
The art of happy life is to live in the present
Life is like a play, some people come to fight, others come to play and the happiest come to watch
Trust your life to mind only
United we stand, divided we fall.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
Alcoholism is exercising in madness
Friendship means equality. Friends share everything they have
It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
A citizen without property has no fatherland
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
When waking up ask yourself, “What do I have to do today?” before going to sleep, ask “What I did today?
A human, trapped in his passions, is no longer free
First of all do not lose your self-respect
The art of living a happy life is in living in the present
Legislation should be the voice of reason
Do not go for sleep until you have analyzed what you did during the day
Do not force children to cry too often, otherwise they will have nothing to cry over your grave
He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
“Yes” and “No”, require the most serious decision
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.
Life is never fair. For most of us, it’s perhaps better
The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.
Plodding wins the race.
When leaving, do not look back
Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
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.
Neither act nor, be quiet, or say something better than silence, in a state of anger.
A talented person feels happy when he puts his talent into practice
It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
All thoughts that have huge consequences are always simple
The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
The vagueness of the word is a sign of uncertainty of thoughts.
We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
A joke, like salt, should be consumed with moderation
If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs.
Do not cross the limit in eating and drinking
The art of living happily is to live in present
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Choose a friend, you can not be happy alone, happiness needs to be shared
Whatever people think about you, do what you think is fair. Be equally indifferent to censure and praise
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
Slow but steady wins the race.
Be content with your lot, one cannot be first in everything.
Appearances are often deceiving.
It’s not enough to want, one should act
Never do what you do not know. But learn everything you should know
Do great things without promises
Familiarity breeds contempt.
Please all, and you will please none.
Adventure is worthwhile.
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
Do not let your imagination run wild. It will produce monsters
Well, they say that numbers rule the world. At least there’s no doubt that numbers show how it is ruled.