He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.
God Himself chasteneth not with a rod but with time.
Watchfulness is the only guard against cunning. Be intent on his intentions. Many succeed in making others do their own affairs, and unless you possess the key to their motives you may at any moment be forced to take their chestnuts out of the fire to the damage of your own fingers.
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
Like love, courage is no joking matter. If it yields once, it will have to yield again, and again. The same difficulty will have to be conquered later on, and it would have been better to get it over with.
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.
Mix a little mystery with everything, for mystery arouses veneration.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
All that really belongs to us is time even he who has nothing else has that.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.
The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.
One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come to the ground
'Tis by no means the least of life's rules To let things alone.
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
Put a grain of boldness into everything you do.
It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.
Nature often lets us down when we most need her let us turn to art.
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
Wise men appreciate all men, for they see the good in each and know how hard it is to make anything good
Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.
Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check.
True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets.
It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
A weak spirit does more harm than a weak body.
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.
Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.
It requires as much caution to tell the truth as to conceal it.
It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.
I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
Knowledge and courage take turns at greatness.
Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.
The more merit, the less affection.
Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.
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.
Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do.
To be at ease is better than to be at business. Nothing really belongs to us but time, which even he has who has nothing else.
Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation for integrity
To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.
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