Look before you leap.

He who hesitates is lost.

Two heads are better than one.

If you want something done right, do it yourself.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Better safe than sorry.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Out of sight, out of mind.

Clothes make the man. You can't tell a book by its cover.
Many hands make light work. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
It's never too late to learn. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Never sweat the small stuff. God is in the details.

-excerpted from Maybe (Maybe Not : 
Second Thoughts from a Secret Life)
, by
Robert Fulghum


One of the exercises in Zen teaching is to envision living for a hundred years while contemplating dying within twenty-four hours.  Your ability to hold these two thoughts simultaneously enables you to focus with greater clarity and calmness in the present moment.