Rodney Ohebsion

Quotes and Proverbs

You must first walk around a little before you can understand the distance from the valley to the mountain.- Bhutanese Proverb

If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don't particularly like. - Soichiro Honda

Some prefer liquor, others prefer tofu, and some even like rotten salmon. - Taiwanese Proverb

I used to expect people's conduct to match their words. But nowadays I just listen to what people say and then observe what they do. - Confucius, Analects 5:9)

Do not repeat tactics just because they have gained you one victory. Instead, let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances. - Sun Tzu

In times of rapid change, experience can sometimes be your worst enemy. - J. Paul Getty

The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee…and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun. - John D. Rockefeller

A leader is a dealer in hope.- Napoleon Bonaparte

We expect too much from the great happenings, the unusual things, and we overlook the common flowers on the path of life, from which we might abstract sweets, comforts, delights. ... Real happiness is so simple that most people do not recognize it. It is derived from the simplest, the quietest, the most unpretentious things in the world. - Orison Swett Marden

The average person is full of artificial desires, desires that have been suggested by what other people possess or require. - Christian D. Larson

My thoughts are pure; in spirit I seek to forget myself and transcend the common affairs of the world, keeping my life simple and my desires few. With a clear heart, I do not contend with others or make demands upon the world, but rather seek to contribute what I can for the benefit of all, aiding those in need and protecting those in danger. - Wang Ji Wu

You just can't make everyone happy. It is a law. But if you try, and go a little bit out of your way, you could make someone smile. It is a law. - Jon Gery

Even though many people prove to be ungrateful, don't let that stop you from benefiting others [as long as you do so judiciously]. Beneficence is, in itself, a noble and almost divine quality. Plus, as you benefit others, you'll come across someone so grateful, that he'll make up for other people's ingratitude. Francesco Guicciardini, Ricordi 11)

In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man. - Hillel (Pirke Avot 2:6)

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. - Unknown Source (Sometimes attributed to Samuel Johnson or Ann Landers)

For one rich person that is content, there are a hundred who are not. - Proverb

You gain power over another person by winning his heart or by breaking his spirit. - Unknown Source

They love dancing well, that dance barefoot upon thorns. - Proverb

We have less reason to be surprised or offended when we find others differ from us in opinion, because we very often differ from ourselves. - Samuel Johnson

Some people are not capable of giving you what you're trying to get from them. - Sonya Friedman

The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable. - Sun Tzu

I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own efforts. - J. Paul Getty

People doing the same things might have different motives. - Chinese Proverb

At the end of the work, you may judge of the workman. - Proverb

A friend that you buy with presents will be bought from you. - English Proverb

If you don't pay a servant his wages, he'll pay himself [by stealing]. - Spanish Proverb

It's harder to unlearn than learn. - Proverb

A thing may be desired not for its intrinsic worth or usefulness, but because he [the buyer] has unconsciously come to see in it a symbol of something else, the desire for which he is ashamed to admit to himself. - Edward Bernays

Brief encounters can result in long relationships. - Cuban Proverb

A good son-in-law is like the acquisition of a new son; a bad one is like the loss of your daughter. - Hebrew Proverb

People who suggest things might happen don't become champions. People who become champions are the ones who say "This is what I'm gonna do." - Evander Holyfield

The value of life can be measured by how many times your soul has been deeply stirred. - Soichiro Honda

It's easy for someone to talk about fasting when he has a full belly. - Croatian Proverb

A hobbling cat is better than a fast horse when rats swarm the palace. - Chinese Proverb

Talking about bulls is not the same thing as being in the bullring. - Spanish Proverb

Everywhere we see people starving for love, famishing for affection, for someone to appreciate them. - Orison Swett Marden

If our inward griefs were seen written on our brow, how many would be pitied who are now envied! - Metastasio (Giuseppe Riconosciuto)

It takes a whole village to raise a child. - Yoruba / Nigerian Proverb

He who is well prepared has already won half of the battle. - Portuguese (Portugal) Proverb

What is earned with hard labor is eaten with pleasure. [We often value things more when we've worked hard for them.] - Chinese Proverb

The way a house is decorated will tell much about its owner. - Persian Proverb

Choose a wife to please yourself, not others. - Romanian Proverb

In the birds' court, a cockroach never wins his case. [People have a strong tendency to favor others from their own group.] - Rwandan Proverb

They seldom live well, who think they shall live long. - Proverb

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