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The journey is the reward.

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
If you want happiness for an hour -- take a nap. If you want happiness for a day -- go fishing. If you want happiness for a month -- get married. If you want happiness for a year -- inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else.
Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.
Life is a dream walking death is a going home.
I dreamed a thousand new paths. I woke and walked my old one.
If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice.
The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head.
If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.
Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.
Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.
One never needs their humor as much as when they argue with a fool.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
The woman who tells her age is either too young to have anything to lose or too old to have anything to gain.
There are two perfectly good men, one dead, and the other unborn.
The superior doctor prevents sickness; The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; The inferior doctor treats actual sickness;
I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
The tongue can paint what the eye can't see.
In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone's letter.
The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.
Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald.
Great doubts deep wisdom. Small doubts little wisdom.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
To understand your parents' love you must raise children yourself.
One step at a time is good walking.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home.
Your friend has a friend; don't tell him.
A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends.
Govern a family as you would cook a small fish -- very gently.
All people are your relatives, therefore expect only trouble from them.
Who is not satisfied with himself will grow; who is not sure of his own correctness will learn many things.
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
Of all the thirty-six alternatives, running away is best.
Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.
Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men.
The greatest conqueror is he who overcomes the enemy without a blow.
Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in men's clothes.
If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if you employ him, don't suspect him.
Enough shovels of earth -- a mountain. Enough pails of water -- a river.
When men speak of the future, the Gods laugh.
With true friends... even water drunk together is sweet enough.
Everyone pushes a falling fence.
Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.
Man who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very, very long time.
Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself.
Talk doesn't cook rice.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life lies in eliminating the non-essentials." ~
With virtue you can't be entirely poor; without virtue you can't really be rich.
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.
If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
An inch of time cannot be bought with an inch of gold.
Pleasure for one hour, a bottle of wine. Pleasure for one year a marriage; but pleasure for a lifetime, a garden.
Respect for ones parents is the highest duty of civil life.
The saving man becomes the free man.
In a broken nest there are few whole eggs.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.
Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.
If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.
To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.
Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.
It is later than you think.
If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.
When you cease to strive to understand, then you will know without understanding.
Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.
Climb mountains to see lowlands.
Biggest profits mean gravest risks.
One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him.
Ceremony is the smoke of friendship.
To talk goodness is not good... only to do it is.
A man grows most tired while standing still.
Luck never gives; it only lends
Think of your own faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and of the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.
The palest ink lasts longer than the most retentive memory.
If you are poor, though you dwell in the busy marketplace, no one will inquire about you; if you are rich, though you dwell in the heart of the mountains, you will have distant relatives.
A maker of idols is never an idolater.
What is told into the ear of a man is often heard a hundred miles away.
To climb a tree to catch a fish is talking much and doing nothing.
One joy scatters a hundred grieves.
Do not employ handsome servants.
If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.
Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.
Sow much, reap much; sow little, reap little.
A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence.
Riches: A dream in the night. Fame: A gull floating on water.
Don't open a shop unless you like to smile.
Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.
When we have nothing to worry about we are not doing much, and not doing much may supply us with plenty of future worries.