• DICTUM
    be

  • Be a craftsman in speech that thou mayest be strong, for the strength of one is the tongue, and speech is mightier than all fighting.
  • Be a custom good or bad, a peasant will have it continue in force.
    es] Costumbre buena, costumbre mala, el villano quiere que vala.
  • Be a devil.
    de] Riskier mal was.; Riskier's ruhig.
  • Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.
  • Be a fountain, not a drain.
  • Be a friend to one, and an enemy to none.
    fr] N'aie qu'un ami, et point d'ennemi.
  • Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too.
    var] Be a friend to thyself, and others will befriend thee.
    var] Be a friend to yourself, and others will.
  • Be a gentleman farmer.
  • Be a good husband, and you will get a penny to spend, a penny to lend, and a penny for a friend.
  • Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.
  • Be a great man in spirit; be a lamb in your behavior.
  • Be a horse ever so well shod, he may slip.
    fr] Il n'y a cheval si bien ferré qui ne glisse.
  • Be a lion at home and a fox abroad.
  • Be a model and don't wait to be modeled
  • Be a pal./There's a pal.
    de] Sei so gut.
  • Be a pet and...
    de] Sei so lieb und...
  • Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.
  • Be a sinner and sin manfully (fortiter), but believe and rejoice in Christ more manfully still.
    Luther to Melanchthon
  • Be a sinner and sin mightily, but more mightily believe and rejoice in Christ.
    var] Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.
  • Be a snail in your planning and swift as a bird in your deeds.
  • Be a sport.
    de] Sei kein Spielverderber.
  • Be a star in someone's (dark) sky.
  • Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.
  • Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.
  • Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.
  • Be accustomed only/wholly/for life to a true love and not at all to an untrue love. Do quote me right.
  • Be afraid of a gentleman when he is hungry, and of a mean person when his stomach is full.
  • Be afraid. Be very afraid.
  • Be alert to give service. What counts a great deal in life is what we do for others.
  • Be all and end all.
  • Be always friendly, always kind, like a most beautiful flower that you can find
  • Be ambitious towards your own personal enhancement.
  • Be an educator, bloom like a flower, be a philosopher.
  • Be and not seem.
  • Be angry with a murderer, but keep your compassion for his victim.
  • Be appreciating to see the beauty of life.
  • Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.
  • Be as hard as the world requires you to be, and as soft as the world allows you to be.
  • Be as radical as reality.
  • Be as useful as a tree! Give life to others; be shelter to everyone; grant fruits to all! Be good like a tree!
  • Be as you would seem to be.
    de] Sey, was du seyn willst.
  • Be ashamed to die unless (until) you have won some victory for humanity.
  • Be ashamed to find yourself idle.
  • Be aware of a man with a sweet tongue he can lead you to buying bad meat.
  • Be aware of the high notes, of the blissful faces and their soft messages, and listen for the silent message of a highly decorated gift.
  • Be aware of what you seek and make sure your actions match. The universe is always listening.
  • Be aware that a halo has to fall only a few inches to be a noose.
  • Be aware that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
  • Be awesome! Smile like a flower.
  • Be aye the thing you would be called,
  • Be bail and pay for it.
  • Be beautiful yourself, and you will find the world full of beauty.
  • Be between hawk and buzzard.
  • Be bold and fly toward the unknown. Discover a road that was never known.
  • Be bold and mighty powers will come to your aid.
  • Be bold and the mighty will follow.
  • Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.
  • Be brave enough to listen to your heart, be bold enough to hope for the best.
  • Be brave, not ferocious.
  • Be brief, for no discourse can please when too long.
  • Be captain of your own ship.
  • Be careful - with quotations, you can damn anything.
  • Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
  • Be careful but never forget to be cheerful.
  • Be careful in loving someone
  • Be careful in revising those immigration laws of yours.
  • Be careful of the teacher you choose and the water you drink.
  • Be careful of what you own because what you own might eventually own you.
  • Be careful of whose advice and what advice you buy, even if it is for free, my advice included.
  • Be careful that victories do not carry the seed of future defeats.
  • Be careful that you don't spit on your own face.
  • Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
  • Be careful to do all things that I have said to you; and don't invoke the name of other gods or even let them be heard out of your mouth.
  • Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.
  • Be careful what you pray for, you might get it.
  • Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.
  • Be careful what you set your heart on, for it will surely be yours.
  • Be careful what you set your heart upon - for it will surely be yours.
  • Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.
  • Be careful what you wish for.
  • Be careful when you are sharing a calabash of porridge with a toothless man.
  • Be careful, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be for a snare in the middle of you:
  • Be careful, you got burned once already! (said to a divorcé who's contemplating remarrying)
    jiddish] Hit zikh, du host zikh shoyn eyn mol opgebrit!
  • Be caught between the Devil and the deep blue sea.
  • Be cautious as to what you say of men, and to whom you speak it.
  • Be charitable before wealth makes thee covetous.
  • Be checked for silence,
    But never tax'd for speech.
  • Be cheerful, if you are wise.
  • Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
  • Be clever and do not build walls, because in the future they will bring only shame to you!
  • Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.
  • Be commonplace and cringing, and everything is within your reach.
    Beaumarchais.
  • Be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others
  • Be considerate with the Earth. More people have to use it when you're gone.
  • Be content to be what you are, and prefer nothing to it, and do not fear or wish for your last day.
  • Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
  • Be contented when you have got all you want.
  • Be courageous! Do not judge! Do not act in fear! Remember who you are!
  • Be courageous! Never fear to share your love.
  • Be courteous to all, but intimate with few and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
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