Quotes starting with D

Below you will find our collection of inspirational quotes and sayings starting with the letter D, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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Dally not with other folk's spouses or money.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Dead men don't bite.      -- Plutarch (46-120)
Dead men tell no tales.      -- J. Wilson (1664)
Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.      -- Chinese Proverb
Death is the great leveller.      -- Claudian
Death keeps no calendar.      -- English (on death and dying)
Death never takes a wise man by surprise; he is always ready to go.      -- Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695)
Death pays all debts.      -- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Death takes no bribes.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Deeds are fruits; words are leaves.      -- English (on words and deeds)
Depend on others and you will go hungry.      -- Nepalese (on self-reliance)
Depend on your walking stick; not on other people.      -- Japanese (on self-reliance)
Destroy your enemy by making him your friend.      -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Diamond cuts diamond.      -- Marstow (1604)
Different strokes for different folks.      -- Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)
Difficulties make you a jewel.      -- Japanese (on adversity)
Diligence is the mother of good luck.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Discretion is the better part of valor.      -- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Distance lends enchantment to the view.      -- Thomas Campbell (1777-1844)
Do good and care not to whom.      -- Portuguese (on good and evil)
Do good to thy friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Do not allow sins to get beyond creeping.      -- Hawaiian (on the conduct of life)
Do not be like the cat who wanted a fish but was afraid to get his paws wet.      -- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Do not dissect a rainbow. In other words, do not destroy a beautiful phenomenon by overanalyzing it.      -- Denise LaFrance, artist, 1964 - now.
Do not hold everything as gold which shines like gold.      -- unknown
Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today.      -- unknown
Do not squander time for that is the stuff that life is made of.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.      -- Bible
Do what comes natural.      -- unknown
Dogs bark but the caravan moves on.      -- Arab Proverb
Don't be caught flat     -- ed. - unknown
Don't be led around by the nose.      -- unknown
Don't be too quick to judge.      -- unknown
Don't believe everything you hear.      -- Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
Don't bite off more than you can chew.      -- unknown
Don't boast when you set out but only when you get there.     -- Russian (on journeys)
Don't burn your bridges behind you.      -- unknown
Don't buy other people's problems.      -- Chinese (on buying and selling)
Don't bypass a town where there's a friend.     -- Malagasy (on journeys)
Don't call the alligator, big mouth until you have crossed the river.      -- Belizean (on criticism)
Don't cross the bridge til you come to it.      -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
Don't cry before you are hurt.      -- Scottish Proverb
Don't cry over spilt milk.      -- James Howell (1549-1666)
Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.      -- Mid 14th century French Proverb
Don't expect things to go right the first time.      -- unknown
Don't find fault, find a remedy.      -- Henry Ford (1863-1947)
Don't get your back up.      -- unknown
Don't gild the lily.      -- unknown
Don't give up the ship.      -- unknown
Don't go looking for trouble.      -- Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
Don't halloo until you're out of the wood.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Don't hang your hat higher than you can reach.      -- Belizean (on balance and moderation)
Don't judge anyone unless you've walked in their moccasins one moon.      -- Native American Proverb
Don't judge of men's wealth or piety by their Sunday appearances.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg.      -- Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
Don't let anyone get your goat.      -- unknown
Don't let the critics get you down.      -- unknown
Don't let the grass grow on the path of friendship.      -- Blackfoot (Native American) (on friendship)
Don't look where you fell but where you slipped.      -- Liberian (on practicality)
Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.      -- Henry Ellis(1859-1939)
Don't plant a seed in the sea.      -- Swahili (East African) (on appropriateness)
Don't pretend to be something you aren't.      -- Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.      -- Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
Don't put the cart before the horse.      -- John Heywood (c.1497-1580)
Don't reinvent the wheel.      -- unknown
Don't sail out farther than you can row back.      -- Danish (on prudence)
Don't say amen to an unacceptable prayer.      -- Turkish (on prayer)
Don't spill the beans.      -- unknown
Don't sweat the small stuff.      -- unknown
Don't take any wooden nickels.      -- American (on authenticity)
Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.      -- unknown
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.      -- unknown
Don't toot your own horn.      -- unknown
Don't treat the symptom, instead find the cause.      -- unknown
Don't try to reinvent the wheel.      -- unknown
Don't wish your life away.      -- unknown
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his brother.      -- Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Doubt is the key to knowledge.      -- Iranian (on education)
Drive gently over the stones.      -- Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)