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1. "Don't put down too many roots in terms of a domicile. I have lived in four countries and I think my life as a writer and our family's life have been enriched by this. I think a writer has to experience new environments. There is that adage: No man can really succeed if he doesn't move away from where he was born. I believe it is particularly true for the writer."
Author: Arthur Hailey
2. "There's an old adage," he said, "translated from the ancient Coptic, that contains all the wisdom of the ages -- "Life is life and fun is fun, but it's all so quiet when the goldfish die."
Author: Beryl Markham
3. "The old adage that people only want what they can't have or what they can't tame— is totally primitive. A being of higher origins will know instinctively that life on earth is a series of chances, moments and concepts. That's really all that you have. So when you find one of these things and it makes you burn, or it makes you feel peace inside, or it makes you look forwards and backwards and here all at the same time— that's when you know to hold onto it. And you hold onto it with every fiber of your being. Because it's in the holding on of these chances and moments and concepts that life is lived. Every other kind of living is only in vitro. I don't care what psychologists say today about how the human mind works. Because one day they will reach this pinnacle and they will see what I see and they will look upon the old ways as primitive. As long and gone. We do not wish to have what we can't have. We wish to burn in whatever flame we have stepped into."
Author: C. JoyBell C.
4. "No more quickly can a person rob you of your joy and peace than when that individual succeeds at making you feel like you're less than worthy of God as compared to his/her own self. The old adage "You're on your way to hell, and I'm on my way to heaven" spoken or implied to another, is the most predominantly effective way to make someone feel better about himself; and he doesn't even have to prove he's better in this life on earth because now he can just say "Wait 'til I'm looking down at you while you're in hell!" But don't be robbed of your joy and peace, individuals or groups of people like that don't know where God is; He is a whisper-distance away from you, is all."
Author: C. JoyBell C.
5. "You know what Adage means?"She asked me.I shook my head no."It's a beautiful word," she said."People will tell you it means the purest love in the world, or love that consumes you, but I know what it really mean. It means love beyond reason, and that is the best love in the world."
Author: Cameron Jace
6. "- Le moyen le plus efficace de défendre une opinion est de tuer ceux qui ne la partagent pas.- C'est quoi ça ? Un extrait du guide du parfait dictateur ?- Non, un vieil adage familial."
Author: Cassandra O'Donnell
7. "My grandmother, who passed away at the beginning of November, had a core adage in her life that 'life is not about what happens to you but about what you do with what happens to you.' She recently had been cajoling me and challenging me to do more with my life. To lead more of a purposefully public life."
Author: Chelsea Clinton
8. "I hope telling stories though 'Making a Difference' - as in my academic work and nonprofit work - will help me to live my grandmother's adage of 'Life is not about what happens to you, but about what you do with what happens to you.'"
Author: Chelsea Clinton
9. "My feeling is, if a dog is that hard up to break free, let it go. It's like a boyfriend who wants to break up. We all know the old adage "If you set someone free, and he never comes back, then he was never yours." I understand the main fear with setting dogs loose is they could get hit by a car, but so could an ex boyfriend. That's just a chance you have to take."
Author: Chelsea Handler
10. "An old bandit adage: A bell is a cup until it is struck."
Author: Colin Meloy
11. "Live and let live" is an old adage. "Live and help live" is a better one."
Author: David O. McKay
12. "Plant an expectation; reap a disappointment." (Quoting an old adage)"
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
13. "It is trifling to believe in what you do or in what others do. You should avoid simulacra and even "realities"; you should take up a position external to everything and everyone, drive off or grind down your appetites, live, according to a Hindu adage, with as few desires as a "solitary elephant."
Author: Emil Cioran
14. "He was as yet not sufficiently experienced in ruffianism to know that one villain always sacrifices another to advance his own project; he was credulous enough to believe in the old adage of 'honor amongst thieves."
Author: Émile Gaboriau
15. "It's the old adage: You can make a pizza so cheap, nobody will eat it. You can make an airline so cheap, nobody will fly it."
Author: Gordon Bethune
16. "The old adage of forgive and forget became a trudge through quicksand on a beach as high tide crashed onto the shore."
Author: I.E. Castellano
17. "We must strive to be like the moon.' An old man in Kabati repeated this sentence often... the adage served to remind people to always be on their best behavior and to be good to others. [S]he said that people complain when there is too much sun and it gets unbearably hot, and also when it rains too much or when it is cold. But, no one grumbles when the moon shines. Everyone becomes happy and appreciates the moon in their own special way. Children watch their shadows and play in its light, people gather at the square to tell stories and dance through the night. A lot of happy things happen when the moon shines. These are some of the reasons why we should want to be like the moon."
Author: Ishmael Beah
18. "I wouldn't really know too much about pressure. I stay away from it like snow in the Sahara. That reminds me, isn't it funny how an adage might get lost in cultural translation? For instance, take the saying, "Don't eat yellow snow." Well, try telling that to a Bedouin who's never left the desert and has never seen pictures of other climates. You might have to rephrase it to, "Never eat yellow sand," which is sort of silly."
Author: Jarod Kintz
19. "That adage about 'Write what you know' is basically the opposite of the way I function. I write about what I'm curious to find out."
Author: Jennifer Egan
20. "Bad books on writing tell you to "WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW", a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery."
Author: Joe Haldeman
21. "The old adage which says that it is ‘whom you know that counts' is far off the mark. It is what you know about whom you know that truly makes difference."
Author: Judith McNaught
22. "I believe in that old adage that 'as goes California, so goes the country.'"
Author: Kamala Harris
23. "Hope strengthens. Fear kills[...] That simple adage is master of every situation, every choice. Each morning we wake up, we get to choose between hope and fear and apply one of those emotions to everything we do. Do we greet things that come our way with joy? Or suspicion?"
Author: Karen Marie Moning
24. "Mum repeated the old adage that money can't buy you everything...before adding that she prefers using credit cards instead."
Author: Kirkland Ciccone
25. "There is a lesson in [Terezín] for those who conduct inspections in our day, whether in prisons, sweatshops, refugee camps, polling places, or nuclear facilities: do not trust––push; control your own schedule; do your homework. Remember the adage that a little knowledge can be dangerous. The truth is more likely to be served by a canceled or aborted inspection than by a whitewash."
Author: Madeleine Albright
26. "There's an adage that a lot of coaches have, that I completely disagree with, is if you make the Olympic team too early you become complacent."
Author: Natalie Coughlin
27. "The adage 'a family that prays together, stays together' is so true."
Author: Niecy Nash
28. "The old adage "If you can't beat them, join them", to me is just a way of saying that you're weak. My motto is : "If you can't beat them, then you aren't fighting dirty enough"."
Author: Quinn Loftis
29. "The old adage, 'If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is' isn't always correct. In fact, the suspicion, cynicism, and doubt that are inherent in this belief can and does keep people from taking advantage of excellent opportunities."
Author: Richard Carlson
30. "It's one of the oldest theatrical adages: never work with children or animals."
Author: Samantha Bond
31. "Just like the old adage--what you dislike most in other people is what you dislike the most in yourself--"
Author: Shannon Hale
32. "Suicide is a behavioral contagion. It's old adage "If all your friends jumped off a bridge, then would you, too?" Apparently, the answer is yes."
Author: Suzanne Young
33. "Forget the adage Win/Win and make a commitment to Learn/Learn."
Author: Ted Rubin
34. "There's that old adage about how there's only seven plots in the world and Shakespeare's done them all before."
Author: Terri Windling
35. "The major part of our species seems able to undergo any trauma without significantly re-examining its household mantras, including "everything happens for a reason," "the show must go on," "accept the things you cannot change," and any other adage that gets people to keep their chins up."
Author: Thomas Ligotti
36. "People are fond of using the its not what you know, its who you know adage as an excuse for inaction, as if all successful people are born with powerful friends. Nonsense."
Author: Timothy Ferriss
37. "Running twenty-six miles is no fun.I think it was possibly an American who came up with the adage 'if it ain't hurting, it ain't working'. It would be nice to think that shortly after he uttered those words someone smacked him in the mouth by way of demonstrating how well it was working for him."
Author: Tony Hawks
38. "And he recalled the ancient adage: Who must do the harsh things? He who can."
Author: Trevanian
39. "The adage that fact is stranger than fiction seems to be especially true for the workings of the brain."
Author: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

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