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c. 620-564 BC Greek story teller

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
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Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
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Union gives strength.
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A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
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Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to
find - nothing.
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Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.
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Slow and steady wins the race.
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A peasant had in his garden an apple-tree, which bore no fruit, but only served as a perch for
the sparrows and grasshoppers. He resolved to cut it down, and, taking his ax in hand, made
a bold stroke at its roots. The grasshoppers and sparrows entreated him not to cut down the
tree that sheltered them, but to spare it, and they would sing to him and lighten his labors.
He paid no attention to their request, but gave the tree a second and a third blow with his
ax. When he reached the hollow of the tree, he found a hive full of honey. Having tasted the
honeycomb, he threw down his ax, and, looking on the tree as sacred, took great care of it.
Self-interest alone moves some men.
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People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
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The gods help them that help themselves.
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It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
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Familiarity breeds contempt.
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Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
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It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
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He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
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We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
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The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
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Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
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It is easy to be brave at a safe distance.
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He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
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Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
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Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
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Wise men say nothing in dangerous times.
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Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool.
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A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we
then know how to meet him.
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Adventure is worthwhile.
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A liar will not be believed even when he speaks the truth.
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Expect no reward when you serve the wicked, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pain.
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No argument, no matter how convincing, will give courage to a coward.
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