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There would be no great men if there were no little ones.
– George Herbert
The eyes have one language everywhere.
One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.
In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.
One sword keeps another in the sheath.
A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread.
He hath no leisure who useth it not.
There is great force hidden in a gentle command.
Life is half spent before we know what it is.
Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy.
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
Take all that is given whether wealth, love or language, nothing comes by mistake and with good digestion all can be turned to health.
Punishment is lame, but it comes.
A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.
He that is not handsome at 20, nor strong at 30, nor rich at 40, nor wise at 50, will never be handsome, strong, rich or wise.
Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
Living well is the best revenge.
If a donkey bray at you, don’t bray at him.
Many kiss the hand they wish cut off.
The resolved mind hath no cares.
It is part of a poor spirit to undervalue himself and blush.
A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin.
Love and a cough cannot be hid.
Spend not on hopes.
The devil divides the world between atheism and superstition.
He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea.
The offender never pardons.
Be thrifty, but not covetous.
Better never begin than never make an end.
There is an hour wherein a man might be happy all his life, could he find it.