None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.
Poverty, Poetry, and new Titles of Honor, make Men ridiculous
Wife from thy Spouse each blemish hide More than from all the World beside Let DECENCY be all thy Pride.
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?
He that rises late must trot all day.
Life is rather a state of embryo, a preparation for life A man is not completely born till he has passed through death.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
A wicked Hero will turn his back to an innocent coward.
Diligence overcomes difficulties, sloth makes them.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
Passion governs, and she never governs wisely.
An innocent Plowman is more worthy than a vicious Prince.
I hope... that mankind will at length, as they call themselves reasonable creatures, have reason and sense enough to settle their differences without cutting throats for in my opinion there never was a good war, or a bad peace.
Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the key often used is always bright.
Each year, one vicious habit rooted in time ought to make the worst man good.
It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
To bear other people's afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.
A soft Tongue may strike hard.
Pollio, who values nothing that's within, Buys books as men hunt Beavers, -- for their Skin.
A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.
Keep out of the Sight of Feasts and Banquets as much as may be for 'tis more difficult to refrain good Cheer, when it's present, than from the Desire of it when it is away the like you may observe in the Objects of all the other Senses.
He that buys upon Credit, pays Interest for what he buys.
Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.
It is remarkable that soldiers by profession, men truly and unquestionably brave, seldom advise war but in cases of extreme necessity.
Righteousness, or justice, is, undoubtedly of all the virtues, the surest foundation on which to create and establish a new state. But there are two nobler virtues, industry and frugality, which tend more to increase the wealth, power and grandeur of the community, than all the others without them.
Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.
You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
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