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Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them.
The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.
Character is simply habit long continued.
Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.
I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil.
Neither blame or praise yourself.
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
Character is long-standing habit.
To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.
The wildest colts make the best horses.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human.
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.