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