Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend.
True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
O think not, bold man, because thy punishment is delayed, that the arm of God is weakened neither flatter thyself with hopes that He winketh at thy doings. His eye pierceth the secrets of every heart, and He remembereth them for ever...
Be always more ready to forgive, than to return an injury he that watches for an opportunity of revenge, lieth in wait against himself, and draweth down mischief on his own head.
The ambitious will always be first in the crowd he presseth forward, he looketh not behind him. More anguish is it to his mind to see one before him, than joy to leave thousands at a distance.
Say not unto thyself, behold, truth breedeth hatred, and I will avoid it dissimulation raiseth friends, and I will follow it. Are not the enemies made by truth, better than the friends obtained by flattery.
Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it.
Neither let prosperity put out the eyes of circumspection, nor abundance cut off the hands of frugality he that too much indulgeth in the superfluities of life, shall live to lament the want of its necessaries.
As the tempest and the thunder affect not the sun or the stars, but spend their fury on stones and trees below so injuries ascend not to the soul of the great, but waste themselves on such as are those who offer them.
The fool is not always unfortunate, nor the wise man always successful yet never has a fool thorough enjoyment never was a wise man wholly unhappy.
To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.
Truth is but one thy doubts are of thine own raising. He who made virtues what they are, planted also in thee a knowledge of their pre-eminence. Act as Soul dictates to thee, and the end shall be always right.
Think not thou art revenged of thine enemy when thou slayest him thou puttest him beyond thy reach, thou givest him quiet, and takest from thyself all means of hurting him.
As a plain garment best adorneth a beautiful woman, so a decent behavior is the best ornament of inner wisdom.
Who hath stretched forth the heavens with His hand, who hath described with His finger the courses of the stars.
Who is it that affirms most boldly Who is it that holds his opinion most obstinately Ever he who hath most ignorance for he also hath most pride.
He that giveth away his treasure wisely, giveth away his plagues he that retaineth their increase, heapeth up sorrow.
Presume not in prosperity, neither despair in adversity court not dangers, nor meanly fly from before them dare to despise whatever will not remain with thee.
Good things cease to be good in our wrong enjoyment of them. What nature meant pure sweets, are then sources of bitterness to us from such delights arise pain, from such joys, sorrows.
It is more difficult to be well with riches, than to be at ease under the want of them. Man governeth himself much easier in poverty than in abundance.
If thou be industrious to procure wealth, be generous in the disposal of it. Man never is so happy as when he giveth happiness unto another.
The greatest bounties given to man are, judgment and will happy is he who misapplieth them not.
Learn that the advantage lieth not in possessing good things, but in the knowing the use of them.
As joy is not without its alloy of pain, so neither is sorrow without its portion of pleasure.
What is the source of sadness, but feebleness of the mind What giveth it power but the want of reason Rouse thyself to the combat, and she quitteth the field before thou strikest.
The heart of the hypocrite is hid in his breast he masketh his words in the semblance of truth, while the business of his life is only to deceive.
Behold the vain man, and observe the arrogant he clotheth himself in rich attire, he walketh in the public street, he casteth round his eyes, and courteth observation. He tosseth up his head, and overlooketh the poor he treateth his inferiors with insolence, his superiors in return look down on his pride and folly with laughter.
labor not after riches first, and think thou afterwards wilt enjoy them. He who neglecteth the present moment, throweth away all that he hath. As the arrow passeth through the heart, while the warrior knew not that it was
The earth is barren of good things where she hoardeth up treasure where gold is in her bowels, there no herb groweth.
When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
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