When you were born, everyone around was smiling and you were the one crying. Live life so that when you die, everyone around you is crying and you are the one smiling.
Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.
Slight not what is near through aiming at what is far.
480 — 406 B.C.
Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past, the neglected opportunity.
When you want to test the depths of a stream, don’t use both feet.
In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone’s letter.
Be the master of your will and the slave of your conscience.
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
Don’t cross the stream to find water.
Never cut what you can untie.
1754 — 1824
Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody.
John Churton Collins
1848 — 1908
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
1931 — 2013
Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.
1843 — 1916