Why settle for snippets of wisdom when you can have it all crammed into a single list?

Staff Writer

I admit to having posted more than a few “inspirational quote” lists. Since that column concept has been pretty much worked to death, here’s a list of maxims that packs twice as much wisdom into half as many quotes.

Try dropping one of these gems into the conversation at your next business meeting.

  1. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but it’s never too late to learn.”
  2. “It’s more blessed to give than to receive, but the Lord helps him who helps himself.”
  3. “Haste makes waste, but a stitch in time saves nine.”
  4. “To thine own self be true, but do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
  5. “Knowledge is power, but ignorance is bliss.”
  6. “Strike while the iron is hot, but look before you leap.”
  7. “He who hesitates is lost, but slow and steady wins the race.”
  8. “When God shuts a door He opens a window, but opportunity knocks but once.”
  9. “Out of sight, out of mind, but absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
  10. “Love is forever, but familiarity breeds contempt.”
  11. “A rolling stone gathers no moss, but still waters run deep.”
  12. “The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”
  13. “There’s no time like the present, but tomorrow is another day.”
  14. “Only God can make a tree, but where there’s a will there’s a way.”
  15. “There’s no place like home, but variety is the spice of life.”
  16. “All good things come to an end, but diamonds are forever.”
  17. “Bigger is better, but good things come in small packages.”
  18. “Actions speak louder than words, but the pen is mightier than the sword.”
  19. “One picture is worth 1000 words, but a word to the wise is sufficient.”
  20. “When you find the pearl of great price, sell all you own and buy it, but remember that there are plenty of fish in the sea.”
  21. “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts, but a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”
  22. “Discretion is the better part of valor, but honesty is the best policy.”
  23. “A new broom sweeps clean, but don’t expect wise heads on young shoulders.”
  24. “Laughter is the best medicine, but silence is golden.”
  25. “All’s well that ends well, but seize the day (carpe diem).”
  26. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
  27. “Opposites attract, but birds of a feather flock together.”
  28. “Sow the wind and you will reap the whirlwind, but it’s an ill wind blows nobody good.”
  29. “Insanity is repeating the same behavior and expecting different results, but if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”