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