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"A word to the wise is sufficient." Dickens
A smart person learns the lesson without being told over and over.
"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." Sir Walter Scott
Lying leads to more lies and more chaos.
"Examine what is said, not him who speaks." Arabian proverb
Listen to the message and don't be mesmerized by the charismatic speaker.
"I not only use all the brains I have, but all that I can borrow." Woodrow Wilson
It's smart to ask advice rather than depend on your own brain.
"Divide and conquer." Julius Caesar
If your opponents are too strong, work at breaking down their coalition and you can win.
"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison
Don't give up even if several tries have failed.
"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark." Howard Ruff
Start preparing for hard times now rather than wait till it's too late.
"Familiarity breeds contempt." Aesop
If you give too much to people emotionally or materially, they may not appreciate it.
"Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact." Norman Vincent Peale
You can sabotage your goals with a negative attitude.
"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." Teddy Roosevelt
You don't have to scream and yell to get your way if you have some strong controls that your enemy understands.
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." Winston Churchill
A diplomat that gives in to demands may get short term peace, but the enemy will use it to embolden their power.
"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." Harry S. Truman
Don't take high positions and then complain when you are attacked.
"Letting the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back in." Will Rogers
Sharing secrets causes a lot of problems and can't be taken back.
"If you don't git while the gittin's good, you're gonna get got." Maverik's Old Pappy
There is a certain time to get away from a bad situation.
"The buck stops here." Harry S. Truman
The responsibility for all the problems ends at that person's desk.
"It's easier to get forgiveness than permission." Stewart's Law of Retroaction
If you want to do something that the authority would not allow, go ahead and do it. Then apologize.
"The pen is mightier than the sword." Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Soldiers can make a difference in war, but a writer can change the minds of everyone.
"Show me your friends, I'll tell you your future." Glenn Beck's mom
The people you spend time with influence your thinking, your opportunities, your future friends.
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Emerson
A thinker doesn't believe the same thing every day. Beliefs change as experience changes. Be able to adjust as new information is obtained.
"To know the road ahead, ask those who are coming back." Chinese proverb
Learn from the mistakes and successes of others who have tried it.
"To thine own self be true, and it follows, as the day the night, thou canst not then be false to any man." Shakespeare in "Hamlet"
Be honest with self and then you are in the frame of mind to be honest to others.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke
Evil doesn't evaporate on its own. Good people have to stop it.
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