A database of quotes
Max Beerbohm, fully Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm
To say that a man is vain simply means that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself.
Character | Man | Means | People |
Ahikar or Ahiqar NULL
The beauty of man is in his faithfulness, and his hatefulness is the lying of his lips.
Beauty | Character | Lying | Man | Beauty |
A man knows not what is in the heart of his fellow.
Character | Heart | Man | Wisdom |
Shlomo Wolbe, aka Wilhelm Wolbe
The essence of envy is a deep desire to be someone else. In its extreme form it is a complete nullification of oneself.
Character | Desire | Envy | Extreme |
A wise man will always be contented with his condition, and will live rather according to his precepts of virtue, than according to the customs of his country.
Character | Man | Virtue | Virtue | Will | Wise |
Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus
Never esteem anything as of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self-respect.
Character | Esteem | Respect | Self | Wisdom |
Joseph von Auffenberg
He that does not respect confidence will never find happiness in his path. The belief in virtue vanishes from his heart; the source of nobler actions becomes extinct in him.
Belief | Character | Confidence | Heart | Respect | Virtue | Virtue | Will | Wisdom | Respect | Happiness |
As a stick, when once it is dry and stiff you may break it, but you can never bend it into a straighter posture; so doth the man become incorrigible who is settled and stiffened into vice.
Character | Man |
An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of learning.
Character | Discretion | Learning | Worth |
Khajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat, Abu Ismaïl Abdullah ibn Abi-Mansour Mohammad or Khajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat
The company of a good man is the light of the soul, of an evil man the poison of life.
Character | Evil | Good | Life | Life | Light | Man | Soul |
Be simple and modest in your deportment, and treat with indifference whatever lies between virtue and vice.
Character | Indifference | Virtue | Virtue |
W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden
We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
Character | Earth | Good | Wisdom |
A man is only as good as what he loves.
Character | Good | Man |