English Proverbs and Wise Quotes

English Proverbs

Proverbs origin
1 If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. African
2 Words should be weight not counted. Yiddish
3 It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Chinese
4 A spoon doesn’t know the taste of food, nor a fool the taste of wisdom. Welsh
5 Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. English
6 A fool and his money are soon parted. English
7 Before you score you must have a goal. Greek
8 Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Chinese
9 The pillow is the best adviser. Swedish
10 A cat in mittens won’t catch mice. Gaelic
11 Empty barrel makes the most noise. Icelandic
12 He who digs a pit for others will fall in it himself. Romanian
13 There is a bad potato in every sack. Welsh
14 In a piranha filled river, the alligator swims backstroke. Brazilian
15 Some men go through a forest and see no firewood. English
16 It is not enough to learn how to ride; you must also learn how to fall. Mexican
17 The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure. Tibetan
18 Listen to the wind. It talks. Listen to the silence. It speaks. Listen to your heart. It knows. Native American
19 You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. English
20 Don’t cross a bridge until you come to it. English
21 Out of sight out of mind. English
22 Barking dogs seldom bite. English
23 Don’t put the cart before the horse. English
24 Every cloud has a silver lining. English
25 If you can’t beat them, join them. English
26 It’s better to be safe than sorry. English
27 Never test the depth of water with both feet. English
28 No news is good news. English
29 The grass is greener on the other side of the fence. English
30 A wise man makes his own decisions and an ignorant man follows the public opinion. Chinese

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Wise Quotes

Wise quotes Author
1 «Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011), an American business magnate, industrial designer, media proprietor, and investor
2 “It is during the darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” Aristotle, 384BC, philosopher
3 “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” Lao Tzu Chinese VI-V century  BC, philosopher
4 “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” Friedrich Nietzsche 19th-century philosopher
5 “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” Abraham Lincoln (1861–1865); 16th U.S. President
6 “Love the life you live. Live the life you love” Bob Marley (1945-1985), musician, singer
7 “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Les Brown n, born in 1945, American motivational speaker.
8 “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890), artist
9 “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius, (551-479 BC), philosopher
10 “The greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” Nelson Mandela, (1918-2013), South African political leader
11 “The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” Albert Einstein, (1879 –  1955), physicists
12 “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein, (1879 –  1955), physicists
13 “Your severest critic should be the one who sits in you, and not next to you.” B. Toushibekov, 1955, Kazakh writer, historian
14 “Wisdom is the same mind, only placed in the heart.” B.Toushibekov, 1955, Kazakh writer, historian
15 “You can never cross the oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Christopher Columbus,(1451-1506), Italian maritime explorer
16 “It always seems impossible until it’s done”. Nelson Mandela, (1918-2013), South African political leader
17 “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” Albert Einstein, (1879 –  1955), physicists
18 “You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.” Indira Gandi, (1917-1984), Former Prime Minister of India
19 “You never fail until you stop trying.” Albert Einstein, (1879 –  1955), physicists
20 “What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.” Albert Einstein, (1879 –  1955), physicists
21 “Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” Albert Einstein, (1879 –  1955), physicists
22 “Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.” Albert Einstein, (1879 –  1955), physicists
23 “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” Albert Einstein, (1879 –  1955), physicists
24 “Forging a new path is far more satisfying than following a map will ever be.” James Pierce, (1900-1983), American actor
25 “The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.” Chadwick Boseman, (1976-2020), American actor
26 “Learning never exhausts the mind”. Leonardo da Vinci, (1452 – 1519), painter, scientist, inventor
27 “It is far better to be alone than in bad company.” G. Washington, (1732-1799), 1 US President
28 “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” William Arthur Ward, writer (1921-1994)
29 “Don’t judge the day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant”. Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, (1850-1894)
30 “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but we often look so long at the closed one that we don’t see the one that has been opened for us.”  Helen Keller. American author, (1880-1968)

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