"Tis not knowing much, but what is useful, that makes a wise man."

Thomas Fuller



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Some of My Favorite Quotes

We are come too late, by several thousand years, to say any thing new in morality. The finest and most beautiful thoughts concerning manners, have been carried away before our times, and nothing is left for us, but to glean after the ancients, and the most ingenious of the moderns.
- Jean de la Bruyere

The more an idea is developed the more concise becomes its expression ; the more a tree is pruned, the better is the fruit.
- Alfred Bougeant

No man having leisure to learn all things, a wise man must be sure to lay hold on that which is most useful.
- Richard Baxter

A proverb is the wit of one man, and the wisdom of many.
- Earl Russell

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  The proverbs of a nation furnish the index to its spirit and the results of its civilization.
- J. G. Holland

A downright fact may be briefly told.
- John Ruskin

Proverbs are the daughters of daily experience.
- Dutch Saying

Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.
- Sir William Temple

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
- Winston Churchill

One sufficient reason why we should occupy ourselves with the past of our language is, because the present is only intelligible in the light of the past, often of a very remote past indeed.
- Richard Chenevix Trench

A nation's proverbs are as precious as its ballads, as useful and perhaps more instructive.
- London Quarterly Review

If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
- Robert Southey

Good sayings are like pearls strung together.
- Chinese Proverb
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A proverb is a wise saying often repeated.
- F. Nunez

The fewer the words, the greater the profit.
- Francois Fenelon

Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
- Aldous Huxley

A maxim is like the seed of a plant, which the soul it is thrown into must expand into leaves and flowers and fruit.
- Madame de Sartory

If vou hear a wise sentenee or an apt phrase, commit it to your memory.
- Sir Henry Sidney

Pithy sentences are like sharp nails driving truth into our memory.
- Diderot

Why read a book you cannot quote?
- R. Bentley

General observations drawn from particulars are the jewels of knowledge, comprehending great store in a little room.
- John Locke

Proverbs are the lamps to words.
- Persian Saying

In books we have the choicest thoughts of the ablest men in their best dress.
- John Aiken

The writings of the wise are the only riches our posterity can not squander.
- Walter Savage Landor

A proverb is to speech what salt is to food.
- Arabic Saying

The ingredients of a good proverb are sense, shortness and salt.
- Howell

Axioms are delightful in theory, but impossible in practice.
- Rivarol

General principles must be had from books, which, however, must be brought to the test of real life. In conversation you never get a system.
- Samuel Johnson

The best of prophets of the future is the past.
- Lord Byron

You may get a large amount of truth into a brief space.
- Henry Ward Beecher

What flowers are to gardens, spices to food, gems to a garment, and stars to heaven;
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such are proverbs interwoven in speech.
- Hebrew Saying




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