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Aristotle <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# A friend to all is a friend to none.
# Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
# Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
# Happiness depends upon ourselves.
# Hope is a waking dream.
# Man is by nature a political animal.
# No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.
# The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
# The roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet.
# Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.
# We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
# Well begun is half done.

Buddha <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# A disciplined mind brings happiness.
# All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind.
# Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.
# Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.
# Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth.
# Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts!
# Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
# Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.
# Give, even if you only have a little.
# Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.
# Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
# I do not dispute with the world; rather it is the world that disputes with me.
# If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow.
# No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
# One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble.
# Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.
# Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.
# Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.
# Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.
# Should a seeker not find a companion who is better or equal, let them resolutely pursue a solitary course.
# Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.
# Some do not understand that we must die, But those who do realize this settle their quarrels.
# Speak only endearing speech, speech that is welcomed. Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing.
# The mind is everything. What you think you become.
# The root of suffering is attachment.
# There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.
# They blame those who remain silent, they blame those speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed.
# To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
# To support mother and father, to cherish partner and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation – this is the greatest blessing.
# Understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words.
# What we think, we become.
# Whatever has the nature of arising has the nature of ceasing.
# Whatever is not yours: let go of it. Your letting go of it will be for your long-term happiness and benefit.

Cicero <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# A friend is, as it were, a second self.
# A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
# A room without books is like a body without a soul.
# Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.
# Dum Spiro, spero. (variante : While I breathe, I hope. ### While there’s life, there’s hope.)
# Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
# Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
# I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.
# If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.
# If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
# In times of war, the law falls silent.
# It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.
# Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.
# Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
# Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly.
# Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
# The beginnings of all things are small.
# The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.
# The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.
# The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.
# Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either.
# To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches.
# Your enemies can kill you, but only your friends can hurt you.

Confucius <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.
# Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
# By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
# Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
# Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
# Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.
# He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.
# Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
# I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
# It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
# Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
# Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
# Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
# Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.
# Respect yourself and others will respect you.
# Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
# Study the past if you would define the future.
# The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.
# The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
# Time flows away like the water in the river.
# To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.
# To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.
# To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
# To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.
# What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
# When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.
# Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
# You cannot open a book without learning something.

Dalai Lama <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# An open heart is an open mind.
# Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
# If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
# Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility.
# Love is the absence of judgment.
# My religion is kindness.
# True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
# We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

Epictetus <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.
# Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.
# Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.
# First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
# First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
# Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.
# He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
# It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
# Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
# Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.
# No man is free who is not master of himself.
# People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them.
# Seek not the good in external things; seek it in yourselves.
# The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
# There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will.
# We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
# Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

Euripides <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# Anger exceeding limits causes fear and excessive kindness eliminates respect.
# Come back! Even as a shadow, even as a dream.
# Good friends show their love in times of trouble, not just in times of happiness.
# Hate is a bottomless cup; I will pour and pour.
# He is not a lover who does not love forever.
# Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.
# One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.
# Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.
# Stronger than lover’s love is lover’s hate. Incurable, in each, the wounds they make.
# Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
# The good and the wise lead quiet lives.
# The wisest men follow their own direction.
# Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.
# Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses his past and is dead for the future.
# Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.

Goethe <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
# A person hears only what they understand.
# As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
# Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.
# By seeking and blundering we learn.
# Character develops itself in the stream of life.
# Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
# Doubt grows with knowledge.
# Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
# I love those who yearn for the impossible.
# If I love you, what business is it of yours?
# If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
# If you’ve never eaten while crying you don’t know what life tastes like.
# Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
# Love can do much, but duty more.
# The human mind will not be confined to any limits.
# The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
# There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
# There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
# To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
# We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
# What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
# What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

Heraclitus <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.
# All entities move and nothing remains still.
# Big results require big ambitions.
# It is in changing that we find purpose.
# Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
# Man’s character is his fate.
# Men that love wisdom must be acquainted with very many things indeed.
# Nothing endures but change.
# Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.
# Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
# The only thing that is constant is change.
# The sun is new each day.
# The way up and the way down are one and the same.
# Though wisdom is common, yet the many live as if they had a wisdom of their own.
# Time is a game played beautifully by children.
# You could not step twice into the same river.

King Solomon <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# A fool is wise in his eyes.
# A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
# A good name is rather to be chosen than riches.
# A merry heart doeth good like medicine.
# As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
# Do not rebuke mockers, or they will hate you; rebuke the wise, and they will love you.
# There is a time to get and a time to lose.
# Train up a child in the way that he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
# Who is the wise man? He who sees what’s going to be born.
# Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel.

Lao Tzu <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
# Act without expectation.
# Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
# Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
# By letting go it all gets done.
# Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
# Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.
# Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself.
# Great acts are made up of small deeds.
# He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.
# I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
# If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.
# If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
# If you want to know me, look inside your heart.
# Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
# Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.
# Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
# Loss is not as bad as wanting more.
# Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
# Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.
# Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.
# Music is the soul can be heard by the universe.
# Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
# Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
# Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
# Silence is a source of great strength.
# Stop thinking, and end your problems.
# Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear.
# The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.
# The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
# The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas.
# The Way to do is to be.
# Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.
# To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.
# To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.
# To understand the limitation of things, desire them.
# Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself.
# When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
# When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Plato <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# A dog has the soul of a philosopher.
# A house that has a library in it has a soul.
# At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
# Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
# Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
# Courage is knowing what not to fear
# Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.
# Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.
# I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
# Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.
# In vino veritas.
# Man is a being in search of meaning.
# Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
# No wealth can ever make a bad man at peace with himself.
# The beginning is the most important part of the work.
# The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
# The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings.
# The measure of a man is what he does with power.
# Those who tell the stories rule society.
# Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
# Writing is the geometry of the soul.

Rumi <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
# Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.
# Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
# Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
# Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.
# Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.
# Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.
# Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.
# Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.
# If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
# Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.
# In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.
# Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
# Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.
# Love is the bridge between you and everything.
# Love will find its way through all languages on its own.
# Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
# My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.
# Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
# Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
# Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
# Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.
# Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
# The moment I first heard love I gave up my soul, my heart, and my eyes.
# The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
# There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.
# What you seek is seeking you.
# When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
# Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
# Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.
# Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.
# Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
# Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing.
# You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.
# You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?
# Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Sun Tzu <--- click on the name to see the products COLLECTIONS for this author
# Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
# Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
# Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.
# He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
# He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
# If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
# In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.
# Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the attack.
# Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
# Management of many is the same as management of few. It is a matter of organization.
# Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.
# One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all.
# Quickness is the essence of the war.
# Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline, simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
# So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.
# The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin.
# The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution.
# The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.
# The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
# The wise warrior avoids the battle.
# There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.
# To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.
# Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.
# Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win

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