The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
When all is said and done, more is said than done.
Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.
Natural history is not about producing fables.
Don't count your chickens before they egg.
I directed a piece of theater in Italy. We took nine fables from the town and we created a play.
Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables.
Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
What is history but a fable agreed upon?
Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar; easy, pleasant, empty, perhaps enlivened by some fable of strife to be forgotten - before the end is told - even if there happens to be any end to it.
All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.
It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable not a logic, a symbol rather than reason by which men are moved.
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations.
There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.
Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
Please all, and you will please none.
A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.
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