Adversity tests the sincerity of friends.
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Something which seems funny when it happens to someone else, may not seem so funny when it happens to us.
Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit.
It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
God helps them that help themselves.
Always stop to think whether your fun may not be the cause of another’s unhappiness.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
A liar will not be believed even when he speaks the truth.
Wise men say nothing in dangerous times.
People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
If we really want something done, it is best to do it ourselves.
United we stand; divided we fall.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
Sticks and stones can only break bones; but words can shatter the soul.
Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.
Sacrifice is nothing other than the production of sacred things.
It is not sacrifice if you love what you’re doing.
It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.
If you sacrifice liberty for security, you will lose both.
There is no sense to a sacrifice after you come to feel that it is a sacrifice.
The cause of most of man’s unhappiness is sacrificing what he wants most for what he wants now.
Sacrifice today for tomorrow’s betterment, you are willing to pay those payments with pain, because pain is just a message when you are fixing something that’s insufficient in your life.
Sometimes you have to sacrifice your pride to really go after what you want.
You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make.
Never let someone’s opinion become your reality. Never sacrifice who you are because someone else has a problem with it. Love who you are inside and out.
Good people are like candles. They burn themselves up to give others light.
Strong minds suffer without complaining, weak minds complain without suffering.
Better a friendly refusal than an unwilling consent.
The fear of rejection puts a ceiling on your dreams, locks doors of opportunity, and traps you inside vicious cycles of insanity.
Victory breeds hatred; the defeated lives in grief. Whoever has renounced both the victories and defeats lives in happiness.
If fighting is sure to result in victory, than you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the ruler’s bidding.
Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.
Do not press an enemy at bay.
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.
Know yourself and you will win all battles.
Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems.
Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer.
The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.
If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him.
Quickness is the essence of the war.
Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
The peak efficiency of knowledge and strategy is to make conflict unnecessary.
Sometimes we need to loss the small battles in order to win the war.
You need the right people with you, not the best people.