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Aesop Quotes

  1. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
  2. Plodding wins the race.
  3. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
  4. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
  5. A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
  6. After all is said and done, more is said than done.
  7. Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.
  8. Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
  9. It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
  10. The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
  11. Adventure is worthwhile.
  12. It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
  13. The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
  14. Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
  15. United we stand, divided we fall.
  16. Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
  17. Appearances are often deceiving.
  18. The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
  19. A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
  20. Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
  21. Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
  22. Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
  23. Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
  24. It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.
  25. Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
  26. It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
  27. Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
  28. 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.
  29. He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
  30. Slow but steady wins the race.
  31. The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
  32. Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
  33. Put your shoulder to the wheel.
  34. 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.
  35. Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
  36. Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
  37. Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
  38. He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
  39. The gods help them that help themselves.
  40. People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
  41. Example is the best precept.
  42. We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
  43. If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs.
  44. Please all, and you will please none.
  45. Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
  46. We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance.
  47. Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
  48. The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.
  49. It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
  50. Familiarity breeds contempt.
  51. We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

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