Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings. What matters isn't being applauded when you arrive - for that is common - but being missed when you leave.
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To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.
The more merit, the less affection.
Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.
It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.
A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
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