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