As I grow
older, I pay less
attention to what people say.
I just watch what they do.
walking in a party of three I can always be certain of
learning from those I am with. There will be good
qualities that I can select for imitation and bad ones
that will teach me what requires correction in myself.
A rogue is
not an eternal rogue. A prostitute is not an eternal prostitute.
Put these people in the company of saints. They will be newly molded
and will be transformed into saints with virtuous qualities.
Let us preach
without preaching, not by words but by example, by the catching force, the
sympathetic influence of what we do. -John Newman
Muriel Rukeyser said the universe is composed of stories, not of atoms.
The physicist Werner Heisenberg declared that the universe is made of
music, not of matter.
And we believe that if you habitually expose yourself to toxic
stories and music, you could wind up living in the wrong universe, where
it's impossible to become the gorgeous genius you were born to be.
That's why we implore you to nourish yourself with delicious,
nutritious tales and tunes that inspire you to exercise your willpower for
your highest good. -Rob Brezsny
give good advice, build with one hand; they that give good counsel and
example, build with both; but they that give good admonition and bad
example, build with one hand and pull down with the
other. -Francis Bacon
My advice is
to consult the lives of other people, as one would a looking glass, and
thence fetch examples for imitation. -Terence
Example is the school of
humankind, and we will learn at no other. -Edmund
I have ever deemed it more
honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a
bad one. -Thomas Jefferson
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commitments and keep them. Be a light, not a judge. Be
a model, not a critic. Be part of the solution, not part of
the problem. -Stephen
There is transcendent power
in example. We reform others subconsciously, when we walk
upright. -Ann Swetchine
I always try to teach by example and
not force my ideas on a young musician. One of the reasons
we're here is to be a part of this process of
exchange. -Dizzy Gillespie
Excellence is a
better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary
are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to
be found only in studying the exemplary.
So long as
governments set the example of killing their enemies, private
citizens will occasionally kill theirs.
That's all we can
hope for during our lifetime--to set an example--and when we are
dead, to be an inspiration for history.
What I would like to give my
daughter is freedom. And this is something that must be
given by example, not by exhortation.
Example has more followers than
reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and
insensibly approximate to the characters we most admire. In
this way, a generous habit of thought and of action carries with
it an incalculable influence. -Christian
Example is not the
main thing in influencing others; it's the only thing.
Our lives are the books people read;
by the way we live and the words we speak we cannot stop setting
an example. -unattributed
The values of the world we
inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound
effect on who we are. -Malcolm Gladwell
The only rational way of
education is to be an example--if you can't help it, a warning
Example is always
better than precept. Live an ideal life and by doing so,
change the heart of others. -Papa Ramdas
In no way can we so
effectively hasten the dawning of the inner consciousness of
another, as by showing forth the divinity within ourselves simply
by the way we live. By example and not by precept. By
living not by preaching. By doing not professing.
From the loving example of one
family, a whole state may become loving; from the ambition and
perseverance of one person, the whole state may be thrown into a
rebellion. Such is the nature of influence.
Morality in the
general is well enough known by men, but the particular
refinements of virtue are unknown by most persons; thus the
majority of parents, without knowing it and without intending it,
give very bad examples to their children.
-Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot, Turgot Collection Pocket Edition
Children have never
been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never
failed to imitate them. -James Baldwin
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