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Egotists cannot converse, they talk to themselves only.
 

Enthusiasm imparts itself magnetically and fuses all into one happy and harmonious unity of feeling and sentiment.
 

Equanimity is the gem in virtue's chaplet, and St. Sweetness the loveliest in her calendar.
 

Every sin provokes its punishment.
 

Experience converts us to ourselves when books fail us.
 

Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds.
 

First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others.
 

Friends are the leaders of the bosom, being more ourselves than we are, and we complement our affections in theirs.
 

Friendship is a plant that loves the sun, thrives ill under clouds.
 

Fullness is always quiet; agitation will answer for empty vessels only.
 

Genius--the free and harmonious play of all the faculties of a human being.
 

Good discourse sinks differences and seeks agreements.
 

Good-humor, gay spirits, are the liberators, the sure cure for spleen and melancholy. Deeper than tears, these irradiate the tophets with their glad heavens. Go laugh, vent the pits, transmuting imps into angels by the alchemy of smiles. The satans flee at the sight of these redeemers.
 

Health, longevity, beauty, are other names for personal purity; and temperance is the regimen for all.
 

Heaven trims our lamps while we sleep.
 

I consider it the best part of an education to have been born and brought up in the country.
 

Ideas in the head set hands about their several tasks.
 

If the ancients left us ideas, to our credit be it spoken that we moderns are building houses for them.
[Ideas]
 

Inspiration must find answering inspiration.
 

Labor humanizes, exalts.
 


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