A true friend can listen to your words … even during your silences.
A teacher is badly repaid if her or his pupil does not go beyond being a pupil.
When the night is so dark that you can’t see your nose, be sure, the dawn is very close.
The journey to the forest is short if you love the person you are going to visit.
If there is a solution why do you worry? If there is no solution why do you worry? Sometimes a loss does a lot of good while something good may cause a great loss.
If the stars instead of continuously shining on our head, were visible only from one part of the Earth, all the humans would go there to contemplate the wonders of the sky.
It takes very little to scold a man but it takes a long time to forget a reproach.
The unaware who knows he is such, is partly wise. But the unaware who believes to be wise is an incurable fool.
You can’t find calm in passions because what has been achieved is always just a starting point to desire more and more.
Instead of looking after the mistakes of others, observe yours, examine what you have done and what you have failed to do.
If you see a hungry do not give him rice: teach him how to grow it.
If you want to be happy do not hurt those who, like you, are looking for happiness.
Practice what you preach. Before trying to correct others, do something more difficult: correct yourself.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, do not look at what he has achieved but what he aspires to.
Nobody, when seeing evil chooses it as such, but because he deceives himself by considering it to be good.
We must not waste what we have with the desire for things that are lacking, but reflect on the fact that what we have was once our object of desire.
It is better to be little considered for what you are than to be admired for what you are not.
From a great man there is something to learn even when he is silent.
The most important things are often wrapped in silences.
Nothing is harder than a stone and nothing is softer than water. Yet the water smooths the hard stone.
Generally what we detest in others is what we detest in ourself. The defects we do not have do not bother us.
Throw yourself into the world and when you have known its joys and its pains, the time of renunciation will come. If you consciously abandon yourself to your desires, you will soon understand their vanity.
A couple has a short life if, in case of conflict, they think that there is a wrong and a right.
The eyes of those who are pure, without regrets or remorse are like the windows of clean windows. You do not see them but see further…
Titles offer material power not spiritual power.
What we can grasp sooner or later fades, if you clench your fist your hand is empty, only with an open hand you can hold everything.
The mind that doubts refuses faith, the mind that has a blind faith refuses any doubts. These attitudes are identical: to believe and to doubt are once again two opposites.
Nobody can hurt you if you do not allow anyone to do it.
Our imperfections or our faults if exhibited with confidence can be transformed into virtue.
To govern we must be able to touch the hearts of men, otherwise we can only command them.
On diamonds nothing is born, while on the manure flowers and vegetables are born.
We must learn not to take satisfaction from what we have but from what we are.
The sage knows himself but does not make himself known.
The day when the power of love will overcome the love for power, the world will be able to discover peace. (Mathama Gandhi)
A hand without wounds or scratches can touch the poison and the poison will not enter the blood. There is no evil for the good ones.
Humor is not irony: irony mocks to demolish while humor rejoices to build.
In some countries it is said that the sky is always blue because there is the awareness that the grayness of the sky is given by the clouds not by the sky.
If you reveal your secrets to the wind, then you do not have to rebuke the wind to reveal them to the trees.
If you’re right, you do not need to shout.
By emphasizing the faults of others and constantly criticizing their ways, bad thoughts thicken and move you away from serenity.
All battles in life serve to teach us something, even those we lose.
A tiny impatience can ruin a great project. A miniscule action can have great consequences.
Who is a Master in the art of living distinguishes little between work and his free time. In whatever he does, he lets others decide if he is working or playing. He knows he’s always doing both things together.
The virtues, like the essences, if exposed, lose their fragrance.
In order to believe in his path, a warrior does not need to prove that others are wrong.
Do not judge what is wrong, but do not ignore mistakes: a wrong view of things produces unpleasant consequences.
Pride or conceit is a falsely superior image of ourselves that leads us to be envious of superiors, competitive with our peers and arrogant with the inferiors.
The security of death imposes a limit to all joy but also to all suffering and pain.
Happy is not who is much loved but who is able to love much.
The authentic experience of freedom is to have the most important thing in the world without possessing it.
Choosing a path means abandoning others. When you want to choose all the possible paths you end up not going along anywhere.
Love is not in the other, but inside ourselves. We are the ones who must awaken it. Yet sometimes for that to happen we need the other.
Man must choose his destiny and not endure it.
Who works with his hands is a worker. Who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. Who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist. (Saint Francis of Assisi)
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