Aesop 1

Appearances are often deceiving.
Aesop

Please all, and you will please none.
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The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.
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Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.
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Plodding wins the race.
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He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
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Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
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Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
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Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
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The gods help them that help themselves.
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It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
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Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
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If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs.
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The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
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Our insignificance is often the cause of our safety.
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Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
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It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
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The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
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We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
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People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
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Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
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It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.
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The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.
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Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
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Put your shoulder to the wheel.
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