We make a pretext of difficulty to excuse our sloth.
Premature development of the powers of both mind and body leads to an early grave.
Though ambition may be a fault in itself, it is often the mother of virtues.
A great part of art consists in imitation. For the whole conduct of life is based on this: that what we admire in others we want to do ourselves.
We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.
When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.
Other parts of the body assist the speaker but the hands speak themselves.—By them we ask, promise, invoke, dismiss, threaten, entreat, deprecate.—By them we express fear, joy, grief, our doubts, assent, or penitence; we show moderation or profusion, and mark number and time.
Let us never adopt the maxim, Rather lose our friend than our jest.
Those who wish to appear wise among fools among the wise seem foolish.
That laughter costs too much which is purchased by the sacrifice of decency.
Without the assistance of natural capacity, rules and precepts are of no efficacy.
Though ambition itself is a vice, it is often the parent of virtues.
The learned understand the reason of art; the unlearned feel the pleasure.
Suffering itself does less afflict the senses than the anticipation of suffering.
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