One of my literary idols is François de La Rochefoucauld, the renowned author of many famous maxims. Perhaps his most famous--and my favorite--is "We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others."*
Blame James Geary for this post. I have been reading Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists, which has led me down this path.
He who buries his treasures needs a good memory.
If you miss the boat, don’t try to swim.
Never trust the judgment of a man who looks in the mirror and doesn’t laugh.
The power of a simple “no” is vitiated when followed by a complex explanation.
It is difficult to be thankful for a gift horse if you don’t have a stable.
If they do one thing, they’re bound to do another.
A moment of doubt calls into question a lifetime of belief.
If all occupations were self-regulated, planes would fall from the skies.
No philosophy is sound that can’t be lived.
The longest journey ends with a single step.
Only a fool needs a horoscope to tell him when to travel.
Hope is for losers.
A shallow man can harbor no deep secrets.
A straight line is the shortest distance between two points. Unfortunately, the landscape seldom obliges.
Why should I believe what you profess today—when you didn’t believe it yesterday, and won’t believe it tomorrow.
Once is a favor. Twice is an obligation.
The problem with the future is that it isn’t past.
A job not worth doing is not worth doing well.
The opera is over when the fat lady takes a curtain call.
An ace up your sleeve is no good if you’re playing chess.
*Usually rendered, "We all have enough strength to bear the misfortunes of others."
But I think bear can be ambiguous here. So I prefer endure.