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Ouch! 59 Snappy Reflections That Hit Home and Hit Hard

Posted by Jerry De Luca on Monday, June 17, 2013

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.  Ann Landers     

Slight not what's near, while aiming at what's far.  Euripides 480-406 B.C. 

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.  American Indian Proverb        

The man who follows a crowd will never be followed by a crowd.  R. S. Donnell

It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law.  Cecil B Demille    

Order is not pressure which is imposed on society from without but an equilibrium which is set up from within.  Jose Ortega y Gasset       

Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice.  Anon.       

It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love ones neighbor.  Eric Hoffer 

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.  Helen Keller         

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right. Henry Ford         

Every man is a fool in some man's opinion.   Spanish Proverb       

First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.  Japanese Proverb    

Envy is a coal come hissing hot from hell. Philip James Baily       

Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug. Jon Lithgow    

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.  Charles De Gaulle           

If a man knows not what harbour he seeks - any wind is the right wind.  Lucius Annaeus Seneca     

If we knew the facts, we would very rarely find someone whose life was to be envied. H. Kushner       

He gains much who loses a vain hope.   Italian Proverb 

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.  George S. Patton        

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.  John Leonard  

It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery.  Publilius Syrus       

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.  Raymond Hull         

Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research.  Carl G Jung    

We’re all generous, but with different things like time, money, talent, and criticism.  Frank A. Clark      

Some people complain because the roses have thorns. Others give thanks because the thorns have roses.    Anonymous             

Everyone thinks his own cross is heaviest.     Italian Proverb               

The past should be a springboard not a hammock.    Irving Ball         

Anything is possible if you don’t know what you’re talking about.  Green’s Law of Debate   

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.   Sally Kempton           

I've learned that no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.    Andy Rooney           

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.   William James             

Even on the most exalted throne in the world - we are only sitting on our own bottom.   Michel Eyquem de Montaigne         

It is not how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted.   Anon.      

Always love your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.  Oscar Fingall OFlahertie Wills Wilde       

Many take by the bushel, and give with the spoon.  German Proverb        

The ox that butted me tossed me into a good place.   Spanish Proverb        

In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen. In small things they show themselves as they are.  Nicholas Chamfort         

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.  Franklin P Jones          

Pleasant talk saves the meal.  Portuguese Proverb     

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge. Daniel J Boorstin    

That which is bitter to endure may be sweet to remember. Thomas Fuller 

I am the master of my unspoken words, and a slave to those that should have remained unspoken.  Anonymous      

A fool must now and then be right by chance. William Cowper 

Pride went out on horseback, and returned on foot.   Italian Proverb     

We should cover the faults of others with a cloak of love, because we may need a circus tent to cover our own. Anonymous

Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.  Robert Anthony    

Learn from the past. Live for today. Look to tomorrow. Take a nap this afternoon.  Anonymous    

He who makes a mouse of himself, will be eaten by the cats. German Proverb      

Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.  Carl Sandburg  

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat. Lily Tomlin   

When you are arguing with a fool, make sure he isn't doing the same thing.  Unknown Author    

When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. Ugandan proverb    

We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't.  Frank Clark   

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.  Spanish Proverb      

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.  Anonymous  

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?  Abraham Lincoln

The grass isn’t greener on the other side. The grass is greener where you water it.  Author unknown

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham Maslow  

Instead of crying over spilt milk, go milk another cow.  Author unknown

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Jerry De Luca is a Christian freelance writer who loves perusing dozens of interesting and informative publications. When he finds any useful info he summarizes it, taking the main points, and creates a (hopefully) helpful blog post.


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