No-one is ever poor who has the sight of his eyes, the use of his feet, and a healthy brain
This is an optimistic way of looking at poverty. No matter how poor you are, if you have good food and good health, you are fortunate.
You can fool humans some of the time, but you can’t fool them all of the time.
Another way of putting it is that you can try to lie to humans some of the time but if you lie to them too frequently then they will no longer believe you. There is an exception even to this general principle because you can lie to lottery players that they will get megabucks and no matter how many times they lose they still will be fooled into thinking that they can win the jackpot the next time around.
A promise is a debt
This is an interesting way of looking at a promise because promising means fulfilling an obligation at some point in the future and a debt is similar because it is also an obligation to be paid back at some point in the future.
Food is no more important than wisdom.
Without food you die so it is a higher priority or more important than wisdom. You can live without much wisdom and still survive with food.
When in Rome do as the Romans do.
When living in a foreign culture try to behave like they expect you to behave. You can also be yourself, but expect to be looked at in a suspicious way.
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes, based on looks and eloquence, knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill.. we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
It is a fact of modern political life that the best looking smooth talking politicians get the people’s votes and true qualifications for the job seldom enter the picture. This is the bad result of a social glorification of beauty and not smarts.
No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will.
The truth is that we are only free to function within the limits set by our finances, laws, and acceptable social behavior.
Four snippets of good advice:
1. If at first you don’t succeed, there is a reason why and until you figure out that reason, you will not succeed.
2. If you want to succeed at something that requires an excellent memory or an inborn talent, you will not succeed no matter how hard you try and you might burn yourself out in the fruitless effort.
3. If you struggle with a situation, but never learn the underlying lesson or never learn to avoid it, it will come back to you over and over again until you learn to deal with it or avoid it.
4. If you think your life is just okay, then you still have more to learn about how you really should be living and experiencing life.
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