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