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  • Sheep follow sheep.
    • Ketuboth 62
  • For we are like olives: only when we are crushed do we yield what is best in us.
  • A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the famished.
  • Ambition destroys its possessor.
  • Be of an exceedingly humble spirit, for the end of man is the worm.
  • Beware of the ruling powers! for they do not befriend a person except for their own needs: they when it is to their advantage, but they do not stand by a man when he is hard-pressed.
  • Breed not a savage dog, nor permit a loose stairway.
  • Deeds of kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments.
  • Despise no man and consider nothing impossible, for there is no man who does not have his hour and there is no thing that does not have its place.
  • Do not appease thy fellow in his hour of anger; do not comfort him while the dead is still laid do not question him in the hour of his vow; and do not strive to see him in his hour of misfortune.
  • Do not attempt to confute a lion after he's dead.
  • Don't use the conduct of a fool as a precedent.
  • Doubt cannot override a certainty.
  • Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, grow."
  • Examine the contents, not the bottle.
  • For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned it is the season of the harvest.
  • He that gives should never remember. He that receives should never forget.
  • He who carries out one good deed acquires one advocate in his own behalf, and he who commits one transgression acquires one accuser against himself. Repentance and good works are like a shield against calamity.
  • He who loves money will not be satisfied with money.
  • He who promises runs in debt.
  • He whose wisdom exceeds his works, to what may he be likened? To a tree whose branches are numerous but whose roots are few. The wind comes along and uproots it and sweeps it down.
  • Hire yourself out to work, which is beneath you, rather than become dependent on others.
  • If one profanes the name of heaven in secret he shall be punished in broad daylight: unwittingly is all one in profaning the name.
  • If silence be good for the wise, how much better for fools.
  • Into the well which supplies thee with water, cast no stones.
  • Keep far way from an evil neighbor, do not associate with the wicked, and do not despair of retribution.
  • Let your left hand turn away what your right hands attracts.
  • Life is so short we must move very slowly.
  • Loving kindness is greater than laws; and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies.
  • Make thy study of the word of The Eternal a fixed practice; say little and do much; and receive all countenance.
  • Man has three friends on whose company he relies. First, wealth— which goes with him only while good fortune lasts. Second, his relatives— they go only as far as the grave and leave him there. The third friend, his good deeds, go with him beyond the grave.
  • Mark well three things and thou wilt not fall into the clutches of sin: Know what is above thee— an eye that sees, an ear that hears, and all thine actions recorded in the book.
  • More people die from over-eating than from undernourishment.
  • Never expose yourself unnecessarily to danger; a miracle may not save you...and if it does, it will be deducted from your share of luck or merit.
  • No labor, however humble, is dishonoring.
  • Only a fraction of a man's virtues should be enumerated in his presence.
  • Power buries those who wield it.
  • Rather be the tail of a lion than the head of a fox.
  • Richer is one hour of repentance and good works in this world than all of life of the world to come; and richer is one hour's calm of spirit in the world to come than all of life of this world.
  • Sheep follow sheep.
  • Sin is sweet in the beginning, but bitter in the end.
  • The burden is equal to the horse's strength.
  • The deeper the sorrow the less tongue it hath.
  • The Divine Spirit does not reside in any except the joyful heart.
  • The doctrines of religion are resolved into carefulness; carefulness into vigorousness; vigorousness into guiltlessness; guiltlessness into abstemiousness; abstemiousness into cleanliness; cleanliness into godliness.
  • The end result of wisdom is... good deeds.
  • The highest form of wisdom is kindness.
  • The myrtle that grows among thorns is a myrtle still.
  • The sun sets without thy assistance.
  • These things are good in little measure and evil in large; yeast, salt, and hesitation.
  • Thy friend has a friend, and thy friend's friend has a friend; be discreet.
    • Seder Nezikin, Baba Bathra, Ch III, 28b seems the likely source. As translated on the linked-to page by Isidore Epstein, it reads "Your friend has a friend, and the friend of your friend has a friend," with a footnote that it is "a popular saying. Someone is bound to tell the holder that the claimant has protested against his occupation of the land, and he will therefore take care not to lose his title-deed." On his WIST (Wish I'd Said That) website Dave Hill notes, "The summary 'be discreet' does not appear in the actual Talmud translations I found, but seems to be an explanation from early Christian reviews of the Talmud for when the verse is given as a stand-alone proverb." That jibes with my on-line research as well. --Hughh (talk) 02:43, 21 July 2017 (UTC)Reply
  • Trust not your own powers till the day of your death.
  • When choosing a wife look down the social scale; when selecting a friend, look upwards.
  • When you teach your son, you teach your son's son.
  • When you add to the truth,you subtract from it.
  • Who can protest an injustice but does not is an accomplice to the act.
  • Who is mighty? One who subdues his urges.
  • Who is wise? One who sees the future.
  • Who is wealthy? One who is satisfied with his lot.
  • Who is a wise man? He who learns of all men.
  • You can educate a fool, but you cannot make him think.

Most of the quotes on this page are from the William Davidson Talmud, which has been made available under a Creative Commons non-commercial license:

Through the generous support of The William Davidson Foundation, these translations are now available with a Creative Commons non-commercial license, making them free for use and re-use—even beyond Sefaria. […] The William Davidson digital edition of the Koren Noé Talmud, with commentary by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, was released with a CC BY-NC license by Koren Publishers.

This means that the limits on quotations can be relaxed when quoting from this edition of the Talmud. BurningLibrary (talk) 16:05, 19 September 2023 (UTC)Reply

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