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Quotations & Proverbs
In my writing, I love to use proverbs and quotations especially from great leaders. Some of the quotations and proverbs are listed below. You could find at the bottom of this page my favourite links on quotations and proverbs. This page would be updated from time to time. Hope you enjoy reading it!


Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. ~Cyril Connolly
We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing.  Action always generates inspiration.  Inspiration seldom generates action.  ~Frank Tibolt
The shortest answer is doing.  ~Lord Herbert
Men expect too much, do too little.  ~Allen Tate
Where you start is not as important as where you finish. ~Zig Ziglar

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.  ~Lewis Cass

Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve.  ~Tehyi Hsieh

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.  ~Baltasar Gracian

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.  ~Arnold Glasow

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing.  Action always generates inspiration.  Inspiration seldom generates action.  ~Frank Tibolt

Trust only movement.  Life happens at the level of events, not of words.  Trust movement.  ~Alfred Adler

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.  ~John Locke

If you don't ask, you don't get.~Mahatma Gandhi

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.~Plato

I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back. ~Abraham Lincoln

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.~ Abraham Lincoln.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. ~Albert Einstein

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein

Politics is more difficult than physics. ~Albert Einstein

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. ~Albert Einstein

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. ~Albert Einstein

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. ~Albert Einstein

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. ~Plato

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ~Henry Ford 

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it. ~Ronald Reagan

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it. ~Sir Winston Churchill

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. ~Henry Ford

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~Thomas A. Edison

I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. ~Thomas Jefferson

I have my priority...first I am a mother, a wife then only a politician.~ Dr Wan Azizah Anwar, President KEADILAN. Source: The SUN page 4; Sept3, 2004.

It is a normal reaction for anybody to look elsewhere when they are not going anywhere ~ Tengku Azlan Abu Bakar, former deputy minister. (He was frustrated when not being appointed as minister in recent Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's new cabinet line-up). Source: The Star, Wednesday 19 March, 2008.


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To bend a bamboo, while it's still a shoot. ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Like a candle, burning itself to light the people. ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Hear from right ear, out from left ear ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Whoever eats chilli gets burned ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Sun for a year is wiped out by rain for a day ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
No matter how good a squirrel is at jumping, sometimes it will fall ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
If you chop water, it won't separate ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Banana plant does not fear fruit twice ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
If there is no rattan, roots will do ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Friends to laugh with are many, friends to cry with are few ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
When there is sugar, there are ants. ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
We have same black hair, but not the heart. ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Like an enemy hiding under your blanket. ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
The language you speak would tell us your race. ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Don't try teach a duck how to swim. ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Drink water while you swim. ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
A turtle lays thousands of eggs, nobody knows, but when a hen lays an egg, the whole village know. ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Just like a crab, teaching its young how to walk straight. ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Just like a dog and a cat. ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Two multiply five, five multiply two. ~Malay (Malaysia) Proverb
Talk doesn't cook rice.  ~Chinese Proverb
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. ~Chinese Proverb
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. ~Chinese Proverb
Small men think they are small; great men never know they are great. ~Chinese Proverb
To open a shop is easy, to keep it open is an art. ~Chinese Proverb
It is not necessary to light a candle to the sun. ~Chinese Proverb
Men in the game are blind, men outside see clearly. ~Chinese Proverb  
When deeds speak, words are nothing.  ~African Proverb

If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority. ~Yugoslav Proverb

Complain to one who can help you. ~Yugoslav Proverb
If you buy cheap meat, when it boils you smell what you have saved.~ Arabian Proverb
Think of the going out before you enter. ~Arabian Proverb
Ask the experienced rather than the learned.~ Arabic proverb
All sunshine makes the desert. ~~Arab Proverb
Examine what is said, not him who speaks. ~Arab Proverb
Not to know is to be a Buddha. ~Japanese Proverb
When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. ~ Japanese Proverb
Proof rather than argument. ~Japanese Proverb
If you believe everything you read, better not to read. ~Japanese Proverb 
The reverse side also has a reverse side. ~Japanese Proverb
Too many boatmen will run the boat up to the top of the mountains. ~Japanese Proverb
Do not be born good or handsome, but be born lucky. ~Russian Proverb
If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself. ~Spanish Proverb
It is not enough to aim; you must hit. ~Italian Proverb
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box. ~Italian Proverb
When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears. ~Czech Proverb
Use soft words and hard arguments. ~English Proverb
Don't fall before you're pushed. ~English Proverb
Don't make use of another's mouth unless it has been lent to you. ~Belgian Proverb
Buy on the rumor; sell on the news. ~Wall Street Proverb
A smiling face is half the meal. ~Latvian Proverb
What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth. ~Jewish Proverb

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