What is earned with hard labor is eaten with pleasure.
[We often value things more when we've worked hard for them.]
Close to a blacksmith, learn to hammer out nails; close to a carpenter, learn how to use a saw.
A hobbling cat is better than a fast horse when rats swarm the palace.
I used to expect people's conduct to match their words. But nowadays I just listen to what people say and then observe what they do. (Analects 5:9)
If I present one corner and the person does not come back with the other three, I won't continue [my lesson]. (Analects 7:8)
It's easy for someone to talk about fasting when he has a full belly.
Brief encounters can result in long relationships.
Some people are not capable of giving you what you're trying to get from them.
You just can't make everyone happy. It is a law. But if you try, and go a little bit out of your way, you could make someone smile. It is a law.
(1892-1976) oil tycoon, investor, and philanthropist
I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own efforts.
In times of rapid change, experience can sometimes be your worst enemy.
A good son-in-law is like the acquisition of a new son; a bad one is like the loss of your daughter.
People who suggest things might happen don't become champions. People who become champions are the ones who say "This is what I'm gonna do."
If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don't particularly like.
The value of life can be measured by how many times your soul has been deeply stirred.
The way a house is decorated will tell much about its owner.
A few kind words can warm three winter months.
We expect too much from the great happenings, the unusual things, and we overlook the common flowers on the path of life, from which we might abstract sweets, comforts, delights. ... Real happiness is so simple that most people do not recognize it. It is derived from the simplest, the quietest, the most unpretentious things in the world.
Everywhere we see people starving for love, famishing for affection, for someone to appreciate them.
If our inward griefs were seen written on our brow, how many would be pitied who are now envied! (Giuseppe Riconosciuto)
It takes a whole village to raise a child. (Yoruba)
He who is well prepared has already won half of the battle.
Choose a wife to please yourself, not others.
In the birds' court, a cockroach never wins his case.
[People have a strong tendency to favor others from their own group.]
Talking about bulls is not the same thing as being in the bullring.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
For one rich person that is content, there are a hundred who are not.
You gain power over another person by winning his heart or by breaking his spirit.
They love dancing well, that dance barefoot upon thorns.
They seldom live well, who think they shall live long.
At the end of the work, you may judge of the workman.
A friend that you buy with presents will be bought from you.
If you don't pay a servant his wages, he'll pay himself [by stealing].
It's harder to unlearn than learn.
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