Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Values for Living Quotes

 “As Pride increases, Fortune declines.”

“Industry, Perseverance, and
 Frugality, make Fortune yield.”

“To-morrow I’ll reform, the fool does say;
To-day itself’s too late; - the wise did yesterday.”

“Promises may get thee friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.”

“Enjoy the present hour, be mindful of the past; And neither fear nor wish the approaches of the last.”

“What signifies knowing the Names, if you know not the Natures of Things?”

“Well done, is twice done.”

“There are three Things extreamly hard; Steel, a Diamond and to know one’s self.”

“O Lazy bones! Dost thou think God would have given thee arms and legs, if he had not design’d thou should’st use them?”

“He’s a Fool that cannot conceal his Wisdom.”

“No gains without pains.”

“Beware of little Expenses: a small Leak will sink a great Ship.”

“Pay what you owe, and you’ll know what is your own.”

“Be always ashamed to catch thyself idle.”

“If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.”

“Many have been ruined by buying good pennyworths.”


“He that lieth down with dogs, shall rise up with fleas.”

“A Slip of the Foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the Tongue you may never get over.”

“He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of dinner.”


“Would you live with ease, do what you ought, and not what you please.”

“People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages.”

“Would you persuade, speak of Interest, not of Reason.”

“Do good to thy Friend to keep him, to thy Enemy to gain him.”

“The first Degree of Folly, is to conceit one’s self wise; the second to profess it; the third to despise Counsel.”

“You may delay, but Time will not.”

“Lost time is never found again.”

“Take this remark from Richard, poor and lame, Whate’er’s begun in Anger, ends in Shame.”

“All things are easy to Industry, all things difficult to Sloth.”

“He that cannot obey, cannot command.”

“If you would reap Praise you must sow the Seeds, gentle Words and useful Deeds.”

“Haste makes Waste.”

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

“If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.”

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

“At a great penny worth, pause a while.”

“Ignorance leads Men into a party, and Shame keeps them from getting out again.”

“He that pays for work before it’s done, has but a pennyworth for two pence.”

“Anger is never without Reason, but seldom with a good One.”

“Thou can’st not joke an enemy into a friend, but thou may’st a friend into an enemy.”

“He that falls in love with himself, will have no rivals.”

“Patience in Market, is worth Pounds in a year.”

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”

“Virtue and Happiness are Mother and Daughter.”

“Buy what thou hast no need of, and e’er long thou shalt sell they necessaries.”

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.”

“He that speaks much, is much mistaken.”

“Since thou art not sure of a Minute, throw not away an Hour.”

“’Tis easier to suppress the first Desire, than to satisfy all that follow it.”

“He that pursues two hares at once, does not catch one lets t’other go.”

“The sleeping Fox catches no poultry. Up! up!”

“If your Riches are yours, why don’t you take them to t’other World?”

“What more valuable than Gold? Diamonds. Than Diamonds? Virtue.”

“Great Estates may venture more; Little Boats must keep near Shore.”


“’Tis easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.”

“Blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”

“Diligence overcomes Difficulties, Sloth makes them.”

“Neglect mending a small Fault, and ‘twill soon be a great One.”

“Proclaim not all though knowest, or all though owest.”

“A Change of Fortune hurts a wise Man no more than a Change of the Moon.”

“Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.”

“Dost thou love Life? Then do not squander Time; for that’s the Stuff Life is made of.”

“Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom, but Babbling is ever a Folly.”

“A long Life may not be good enough, but a good Life is long enough.”

“For Age and Want save while you may; No morning Sun lasts a whole day.”

“Don’t think so much of your own Cunning, as to forget other Men’s; a Cunning Man is overmatched by a cunning Man and a Half.”

“You may give a Man an Office, but you cannot give him Discretion.”

“He that doth what he should not, shall feel what he would not.”

“He is a Governor that governs his Passions, and he a Servant that serves them.”

“Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.”

“Suspicion may be no fault, but showing it may be a great one.”

“A good Example is the best Sermon.”

“Wise Men learn by others’ harms; Fools by their own.”

“Laziness travels so slowly that Poverty soon overtakes him.”

“He that by the Plough would thrive, himself must either hold or drive.”

“Life with Fools consists in Drinking; with the wise Man, living’s Thinking.”

“The second Vice is Lying; the first is running in Debt.”

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”

“The honest Man takes Pains, and then enjoys Pleasures; the knave takes Pleasure, and then suffers Pains.”

“To be proud of Knowledge, is to be blind with Light.”

“Get what you can, and what you get hold; ‘tis the Stone that will turn all your Lead into Gold.”

“An honest Man will receive neither Money nor Praise that is not his due.”

“Men take more pains to mask than mend.”

“To be proud of Virtue, is to poison yourself with the Antidote.”

“One To-day is worth two To-morrows.”

“Idleness is the Dead Sea, that swallows all Virtues: Be active in Business, that Temptation may miss her Aim; the Bird that sits, is easily shot.”


“Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no ambition corrupt thee, no example sway thee, no persuasion move thee, to do any thing which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollily; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.”

"So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do."

"When in doubt, don't."


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