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A Dictionary of New Epigrams


Most people are educated to repeat what they have been taught, and few are shown how to think about what they know.

A thoughtful man thinks about what he knows and figures things out from observed facts.

To understand anything new you must think, but thinking means associating these new things to past experience, for we have no alternative but to judge the future by the past.

Nothing is wholly good or bad, so declaring something to be one or the other is bound to bring challenges and controversy, but no one can challenge your stated likes and dislikes.

The core of many people is fear, and that mostly the fear of abandonment by friends.

Judge people by the depth of their questions not the firmness of their answers.

Most people judge others by their superficial qualities, that is, by their clothes and their words, that is, their appearance of wealth and their saying of appealing things.

The more accepting we become of other people, the more kindly we treat ourselves.

People’s actions are judged more by their stated intentions than by their results.

Every word has a unique meaning to every person, and thus every sentence means something quite different to every person. We must blend others’ responses and actions to our words to discover what they really mean to them.

To be fair to another person you must judge their actions from their point of view.

Judge yourself of what you can do by what you have already done, the same for others.

The key moment of personal judgment is when a sudden emotion comes upon you, for it is in that instant that you can change your habitual response to do something better.

Doing and thinking generate habits. Therefore, generate good habits by doing things that will promote your and others’ well-being and abundance.

A politician asks people about their opinions, and then restates them as his opinion.

At the moment you are about to condemn another’s actions, restate his opinions to him as clearly as possible, and only then challenge the sticking points.

When you cultivate a habit toward another person you will apply that habit to yourself, and therefore you will treat yourself better if you treat others well.

State opinions in a way that is helpful to the people you are addressing.