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A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
– Benjamin Franklin
Games lubricate the body and the mind.
There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
Distrust and caution are the parents of security.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
And whether you’re an honest man, or whether you’re a thief, depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.
I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.
For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly.
It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
The discontented man finds no easy chair.
Industry need not wish.
Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.