Rodney Ohebsion

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Quotes & Proverbs

African Proverbs

Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.

When the heart acts, the body is its slave.

Avesta

Doing good to others is not a duty—it is a joy, for it increases your own health and happiness.

Buddha

(563 BC-483 BC) founder of Buddhism

Surely if living creatures saw the results of all their evil deeds, they would turn away from them in disgust. But selfhood blinds them, and they cling to their obnoxious desires.

George Burns

(1896-1996) actor, comedian

Everyday happiness means getting up in the morning, and you can’t wait to finish your breakfast. You can’t wait to do your exercises. You can’t wait to put on your clothes. You can’t wait to get out. And you can’t wait to come home, because the soup is hot.

Miguel De Cervantes

(1547-1616) writer best known for his novel Don Quixote

It takes a long time to know anyone.

You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch is in his throne.

Chinese Proverbs

Close to a blacksmith, learn to hammer out nails; close to a carpenter, learn how to use a saw.

Solve one problem, and you keep a hundred others away.

It is easier to visit friends than to live with them.

To know another is not to know that person’s face, but to know that person’s heart.

He who has never been cheated cannot be a good businessman.

Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.

Confucius

(551 BC-479 BC) philosopher

Rather than caring about whether or not you are known, strive to be worth knowing.

I used to listen to what others said, and expect them to act accordingly. But nowadays, I listen to what they say, and then observe what they do.

Croatian Proverbs

It is easy for someone to talk about fasting when he has a full belly.

Danish Proverbs

Many a man is a good friend but a bad neighbor.

Thomas Alva Edison

(1847-1931) inventor

I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.

Albert Einstein

(1879-1955) physicist

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Epictetus

(55-135) Stoic philosopher

No man is free who is not master of himself.

French Proverbs

One-half of the world laughs at the other half.

Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.

Gabonese Proverbs

Bad friends will prevent you from having good friends.

Hebrew / Jewish / Israeli Proverbs

Don’t trust someone who tells you all of his troubles and keeps you from all of his joys.

A good son-in-law is like the acquisition of a new son; a bad one is like the loss of your daughter.

Hannibal

(247 BC-183 BC) Carthaginian general

We will either find a way, or make one.

Many things which nature makes difficult become easy to the man who uses his brains.

Iranian / Persian Proverbs

It takes ten pounds of common sense to carry one pound of learning.

The way a house is decorated will tell much about its owner.

Only a heart can find the way to another heart.

A greedy man is always poor.

Italian Proverbs

All the brains are not in one head.

As soon as a new law is made, a way around it is devised.

Japanese Proverbs

A few kind words can warm three winter months.

Character can be built on daily routine.

It’s better to lie a little than to be unhappy.

Jesus

(4 BC-30 AD) founder of Christianity

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

So let your light so shine before people, that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in Heaven.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Chief Joseph

(1840-1904) Nez Perce Native American leader

I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more.

Carl Jung

(1875-1961) psychiatrist

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

(1929-1968) social activist

People who have a stake in their society protect that society—but when they don’t have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it.

Tom Landry

(1924-2000) One of the winningest pro football coaches of all time

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.

Nelson Mandela

(1918-) South African leader and civil rights advocate

To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Nigerian Proverbs

Being happy in one’s home is better than being a chief.

You know who you love, but you can’t know who loves you.

Okinawan Proverbs

Even if you hide yourself from the world, don’t lose sight of your real nature.

John D. Rockefeller

(1839-1937) industrialist, philanthropist

The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee…and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.

Roma / Rom / Gypsy Proverbs

The journey is just as important as the destination.

We are all wanders of this earth; our hearts are full of wonder and our souls are full of dreams.

Romanian Proverbs

Without other people’s companionship, even paradise would be an unlikable place.

Chooses a wife to please yourself, not others.

The eyes have one language everywhere.

Rumi

(1207-1273) Sufi poet

The satiated man and the hungry man do not see the same thing when they look at a loaf of bread.

Your mission isn’t to look for love, but simply to search and locate the barriers within you that have formed against it.

Rwandan Proverbs

In the birds’ court, a cockroach never wins his case.

Work is good, as long as you don’t forget to live.

Sauk Proverbs

You cannot purchase friendship—you have to do your part to make it.

Emmitt Smith

(1969-) record setting NFL running back

Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.

Spanish Proverbs

Every season brings its joy.

Talking about bulls is not the same thing as being in the bullring.

Taiwanese Proverbs

Some prefer liquor, others prefer tofu, and some even like rotten salmon.

Talmud

If your business does not prosper in one town, try another.

Cold water, morning and evening, is better than all the cosmetics.

There is a great difference between him who is ashamed before his own self, and him who is only ashamed before others.

Mark Twain

(1835-1910) writer

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Voltaire

(1694-1778) writer and philosopher

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Unknown

A friend is a person with whom you dare to be yourself

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

We too often love things and use people, when we should be using things and loving people.