Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Aesop NULL

Greek Fabulist

"Example is the best precept."

"He who incites strife is worse than he who takes part in it."

"Those who plot against their companions often unwittingly destroy themselves."

"We often despise what is most useful to us."

"Vices are their own punishment."

"Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin."

"Do not count your chickens before they hatch."

"Every truth has two sides; it is well to look at both before we commit ourselves to either."

"Familiarity makes even the most terrible things easy of approach."

"Appearances are often deceiving."

"He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another."

"He who contrives against another, turns the snare against himself."

"I should be foolish to release the bird I have in my hand in order to pursue another."

"If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for their own."

"Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten."

"It is easy to despise what you cannot get."

"Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties."

"Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety."

"Possessions are of no value unless they are used."

"The desire for imaginary benefits often involves the loss of present blessings."

"We should look to the mind, and not to the outward appearance."

"We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified."

"When the great help the small, both are saved."

"A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth."

"Good judgment comes from experience, and experience--well that comes from poor judgment."

"Gratitude is the sign of noble souls."

"Greed oft o’erreaches itself."

"It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow."

"Please all, and you will please none."

"Slow and steady wins the race."

"Distrust interested advice."

"Do not trust flatterers."

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

"One good turn deserves another."

"Practice what you preach."

"The smaller the mind the greater the conceit."

"Those who live on expectations are sure to be disappointed."