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Aesop Quotes

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Poverty with security is better than plenty
in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
- Aesop

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Beware, lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
- Aesop

It is one thing to say that something should be done,
but quite a different matter to do it.
- Aesop

Outer show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
- Aesop

 

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
- Aesop

Adventure is worthwhile.
- Aesop

We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.
- Aesop

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Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
- Aesop

Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
- Aesop

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
- Aesop

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
- Aesop

The gods help them that help themselves.
- Aesop

Put your shoulder to the wheel.
- Aesop

United we stand, divided we fall.
- Aesop

We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
- Aesop

It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
- Aesop

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
- Aesop

Please all, and you will please none.
- Aesop

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
- Aesop

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
- Aesop

Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
- Aesop

He that always gives way to others will end in having
no principles of his own.
- Aesop

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
- Aesop

He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
- Aesop

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
- Aesop

Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
- Aesop

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
- Aesop

People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
- Aesop

Plodding wins the race.
- Aesop

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
- Aesop

Familiarity breeds contempt.
- Aesop

After all is said and done, more is said than done.
- Aesop

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
- Aesop

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
- Aesop

Example is the best precept.
- Aesop

It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard,
if we do not strive as well as pray.
- Aesop

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
- Aesop

If you allow men to use you for your own purposes,
they will use you for theirs.
- Aesop

No act of kindness, no matter how small,
is ever wasted.
- Aesop

Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
- Aesop

Appearances are often deceiving.
- Aesop

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
- Aesop

The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.
- Aesop

A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
- Aesop

Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
- Aesop

The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
- Aesop

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.
- Aesop

The little reed, bending to the force of the wind,
soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
- Aesop

The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness,
however small, is ever wasted.
- Aesop

It is with our passions as it is with fire and water,
they are good servants, but bad masters.
- Aesop

Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both,
before we commit ourselves to either.
- Aesop

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.
- Aesop

Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit;
and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
- Aesop

As you simplify your life,
the laws of the universe will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude,
poverty will not be poverty,
nor weakness weakness.
- Henry David Thoreau

Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Poverty is the worst form of violence.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself.
Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor
for helping us to love God better because of them.
- Mother Teresa

Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty
as religious issues that speak to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

We think sometimes that poverty is only
being hungry, naked and homeless.
The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and
uncared for is the greatest poverty.
We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
- Mother Teresa

Love conquers all things except poverty and a toothache.
- Mae West

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody,
I think that is a much greater hunger,
a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
- Mother Teresa

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted
is the most terrible poverty.
- Mother Teresa

The most terrible poverty is loneliness
and the feeling of being unloved.
- Mother Teresa

An important lever for sustained action in tackling
poverty and reducing hunger is money.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life.
- Jimmy Dean

Poverty is unnecessary.
- Muhammad Yunus

Coming generations will learn equality from poverty,
and love from woes.
- Khalil Gibran


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