Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.
That which prematurely arrives at perfection soon perishes.
We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.
To swear, except when necessary, is becoming to an honorable man.
Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.
In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.
Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune.
A liar must have a good memory. Mendacem oportet esse memorem.
It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory.
While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.
Without the assistance of natural capacity, rules and precepts are of no efficacy.
It is easier to do many things than to do one thing continuously for a long time.
The perfection of art is to conceal art.
Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.
Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.
A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.
Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended.
The pretended admission of a fault on our part creates an excellent impression.
Satire is wholly ours. Satura tota nostra est.
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech.
Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery.
Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity.
We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil in that he lacks opportunity.
Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire.
For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay, void of all reason, rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor.
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