Nuggets of Gold

Maxims, adages, axioms... they are short sayings that are intended to express a general truth, or rule of conduct. They are universal and testify to the commonality of human existence. Because maxims touch upon universal truths about life, they are looked upon as apparent wisdom, and they win ready assent from the audience. That is why some people call them nuggets of gold.

Pepper your conversations with Maxims, and your friends will be impressed with your knowledge and wisdom. Here’s today selection to start you off.

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An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. - Lao Tzu

It is a fraud to borrow what we are unable to pay. - Publilius Syrus

Every tide has its ebb. - Unknown

Learn to labour and to wait. - Henry Wadworth Longfellow

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. - Edward Bulwer Lytton

Six feet of earth makes us all equal. - Italian Proverb

No matter how dirty your past is, your future is spotless. - Unknown

He who thinks himself wise, O heavens! is a great fool. - Voltaire

It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot. - Anatole France

As sure as death. - Giovanni Boccaccio

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If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. - Mother Teresa

There are no hopeless situations, only hopeless men. - Claire Booth Luce

A man has no enemy worse than himself. - Cicero

Put on the glasses of optimism and you will see a world of potential. - Unknown

Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must. - Arthur Wellesley

A word to the wise is enough. - Titus Marcius Plautus

There can be no progress, no achievement without sacrifice. - James Allen

One who is in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs. - Ambrose Bierce

An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult. - Lord Chesterfield

There are gems of thought that are ageless and eternal. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

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