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