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Maltese Proverbs

The wagtail hops and flaps its wings, but the male dove feeds and coos.

Sri Chinmoy, born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose

The very nature of human love is to stick only to one person and to reject everyone else: accept and reject, accept and reject. But in divine love, which is unlimited and infinite, the question of acceptance and rejection does not arise at all. In divine love there is no possession-only a feeling of oneness.

Peter Matthiessen

The progress of the sciences toward theories of fundamental unity, cosmic symmetry (as in the unified field theory) ? how do such theories differ, in the end, from that unity which Plato called ?unspeakable? and ?indescribable?, the holistic knowledge shared by so many peoples of the earth, Christians included, before the advent of the industrial revolution made new barbarians of the peoples of the West? In the United States, before the spiritualist foolishness at the end of the last century confused mysticism with ?the occult? and tarnished both, William James wrote a master work of metaphysics; Emerson spoke of ?the wise silence, the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal One??; Melville referred to ?that profound silence, that only voice of God?; Walt Whitman celebrated the most ancient secret, that no God could be found ?more divine than yourself.?

Robertson Davies

Do not suppose, however, that I intend to urge a diet of classics on anybody. I have seen such diets at work. I have known people who have actually read all, or almost all, the guaranteed Hundred Best Books. God save us from reading nothing but the best.

Confucius, aka Kong Qiu, Zhongni, K'ung Fu-tzu or Kong Fuzi

When you enter a country, inquire as to what is forbidden; when you cross a boundary, ask about the customs.

Yiddish Proverbs

If the cobbler sticks to his last, his pot is full.

Saint John of the Cross, born Juan de Yepes Álvarez

Do not rejoice in temporal prosperity, since you do not know if it gives you assurance of eternal life.

Yiddish Proverbs

A curse is not a telegram: it doesn?t arrive as quickly.

Richard Maurice Bucke, often called Maurice Bucke

Self-Consciousness having appeared in an individual, is only lost in great and rare crises?as in the delirium of fever and in some forms of insanity, notably mania

Yiddish Proverbs

What are they lacking?

Morgan Spurlock, fully Morgan Valentine Spurlock

Don?t be fooled in the frozen-food section, either. I know a lot of people think that if they buy it at the store and heat it up at home, it?s 'homemade'. Think again. It?s the same processed crap, coming from the same scary meatpacking plants, injected with the same chemicals, supplied by the same wholesalers. Just because you heat it up at home doesn?t mean it?s any better for you.

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, sometimes known as Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam

War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.

Thomas Edison, fully Thomas Alva Edison

Paine suffered then, as now he suffers not so much because of what he wrote as from the misinterpretations of others... He disbelieved the ancient myths and miracles taught by established creeds. But the attacks on those creeds - or on persons devoted to them - have served to darken his memory, casting a shadow across the closing years of his life. When Theodore Roosevelt termed Tom Paine a 'dirty little atheist' he surely spoke from lack of understanding. It was a stricture, an inaccurate charge of the sort that has dimmed the greatness of this eminent American. But the true measure of his stature will yet be appreciated. The torch which he handed on will not be extinguished. If Paine had ceased his writings with 'The Rights of Man' he would have been hailed today as one of the two or three outstanding figures of the Revolution. But 'The Age of Reason' cost him glory at the hands of his countrymen - a greater loss to them than to Tom Paine. I was always interested in Paine the inventor. He conceived and designed the iron bridge and the hollow candle; the principle of the modern central draught burner. The man had a sort of universal genius. He was interested in a diversity of things; but his special creed, his first thought, was liberty. Traducers have said that he spent his last days drinking in pothouses. They have pictured him as a wicked old man coming to a sorry end. But I am persuaded that Paine must have looked with magnanimity and sorrow on the attacks of his countrymen. That those attacks have continued down to our day, with scarcely any abatement, is an indication of how strong prejudice, when once aroused, may become. It has been a custom in some quarters to hold up Paine as an example of everything bad. The memory of Tom Paine will outlive all this. No man who helped to lay the foundations of our liberty - who stepped forth as the champion of so difficult a cause - can be permanently obscured by such attacks. Tom Paine should be read by his countrymen. I commend his fame to their hands.

Arnold Bennett, fully Enoch Thomas Arnold Bennett

You had better give up hope at once. If you are not prepared for discouragements and disillusions; if you will not be content with a small result for a big effort, then do not begin.

Henri Frédéric Amiel

For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will

Robert Kiyosaki, fully Robert Toru Kiyosaki

In my environment today money is not a dirty word. Getting rich is fun, and investing is a game. Rather than living below our means, we constantly work on expanding our means, increasing our income, building assets and serving as many people as we can. Also we keep financially negative people out of our lives and surround ourselves with like-minded people who challenge and support us. Our friends are also a part of our environment.

Robert McNamara, fully Robert Strange McNamara

Lesson #2: The indefinite combination of human fallibility and nuclear weapons will lead to the destruction of nations.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

No one is an environmentalist by birth. It is only your path, your life, your travels that awaken you.

Robert Henri

Fight with yourself when you paint, not with the model. A student is one who struggles with himself for order.

Isaac Watts

Kind words toward those you daily meet, kind words and actions right, will make this life of our most sweet, turn darkness into light.

Leo Busacaglia

A single rose can be my garden; a single friend, my world.

Martial, full name Marcus Valarius Martialis

Captious, yet complaisant, sweet and bitter too, I cannot with thee live, nor yet without thee.

William Shakespeare

Trust mot him that hath once broken faith.

Wilhelm Röepke

Economically ignorant moralism is as objectionable as morally callous economism. Ethics and economics are two equally difficult subjects, and while the former needs discerning and expert reason, the latter cannot do without humane values.

William Shakespeare

Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth.