A Quote by Maltbie Davenport Babcock on decisions, failure, genius, language, learning, magic, mistakes, music, patience, perseverance, proverbs, reading, study, success, thinking, and time

One of the commonest mistakes and one of the costliest is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic - something or other which we do not possess. Success is generally due to holding on, and failure to letting go. You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course of reading, train yourself physically. Will it be success or failure? It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word "decide" contains. The decision that nothing can overrule, the grip that nothing can detach will bring success. Remember the Chinese proverb, "With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858 - 1901)

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A Quote by John Skelton on birds, honesty, and proverbs

Old proverb says, That bird is not honest That filleth his own nest.

John Skelton (1460 - 1529)

Source: Poems Against Garnesche

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A Quote by John Keats on experience, life, and proverbs

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced-even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it.

John Keats (1795 - 1821)

Source: Ltrs, George & Georgiana Keats, 3May1819

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A Quote by John Calvin Coolidge on determination, education, genius, men, persistence, problems, proverbs, talent, and world

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)

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A Quote by Jean Baptiste Moliére on cats and proverbs

To pull the chestnuts out of the fire with the cat's paw. Proverb in many languages.

Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622 - 1673)

Source: L'Étourdi, 1655, act III, sc. vi

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A Quote by James Ball Naylor on age, friendship, life, proverbs, and wives

King David and King Solomon Led merry, merry lives, With many, many lady friends And many, many wives; But when old age crept over them, With many, many qualms, King Solomon wrote the Proverbs And King David wrote the Psalms.

James Ball Naylor (1860 - 1945)

Source: David and Solomon

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A Quote by Henry D. Taylor on books, independence, knowledge, learning, men, proverbs, trade, tragedy, understanding, wisdom, women, and words

We have been counseled to "seek . . . out of the best books words of wisdom." It is pointed out in Proverbs, "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom." (Proverbs 4:7.) But in getting wisdom and getting knowledge, above all we should "get understanding." It is important to learn a profession, learn a trade. That applies not only to the young men, but it applies to you young women as well. You girls should place yourselves in a position to be self-supporting and independent in the event that tragedy or an emergency comes, for emergencies have come and will continue to come.

Henry D. Taylor (1903 - 1987)

Source: at BYU, January 14, 1964

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A Quote by George Eliot on proverbs

Solomon's Proverbs, I think, have omitted to say, that as the sore palate findeth grit, so an uneasy consciousness heareth innuendos.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 3, ch. 31 (1871).

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A Quote by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald on proverbs and sleep

Egyptian Proverb: The worst things: To be in bed and sleep not, To want for one who comes not, To try to please and please not.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)

Source: Notebooks

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A Quote by Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton on home and proverbs

Curse away! And let me tell thee, Beausant, a wise proverb The Arabs have,-"Curses are like young chickens, And still come home to roost."

Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)

Source: The Lady of Lyons. Act v. Sc. 2.

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