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The wisest and best are repulsive, if they are characterized by repulsive manners. Politeness is an easy virtue, costs little, and has great purchasing power.
 

There are truths that shield themselves behind veils, and are best spoken by implication. Even the sun veils himself in his own rays to blind the gaze of the too curious starer.
 

There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, in fields, streams, and groves, in rustic recreations and plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy.
 

Thought means life, since those who do not think do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
[Thought]
 

Time is one's best friend, teaching best of all the wisdom of silence.
[Time]
 

To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of ignorance.
[Ignorance]
 

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
[Age]
 

Travel makes all men countrymen, makes people noblemen and kings, every man tasting of liberty and dominion.
 

Traveling is no fool's errand to him who carries his eyes and itinerary along with him.
 

Truth is inclusive of all the virtues, is older than sects and schools, and, like charity, more ancient than mankind.
 

Truth is sensitive and jealous of the least encroachment upon its sacredness.
 

We do not accept as genuine the person not characterized by this blushing bashfulness, this youthfulness of heart, this sensibility to the sentiment of suavity and self-respect. Modesty is bred of self-reverence. - Fine manners are the the mantle of fair minds. - None are truly great without this ornament.
 

We mount to heaven mostly on the ruins of our cherished schemes, finding our failures were successes.
[Disappointment]
 

What higher praise can we bestow on any one than to say of him that he harbors another's prejudices with a hospitality so cordial as to give him, for the time, the sympathy next best to, if indeed it be not edification in, charity itself. For what disturbs more and distracts mankind than the uncivil manners that cleave man from man?
 

When one becomes indifferent to women, to children, and young people., he may know that he is superannuated, and has withdrawn from whatsoever is sweetest and purest in human existence.
[Age]
 

Where there is a mother in the home, matters go well.
 

Where women are, the better things are implied if not spoken.
 

While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
[Age]
 

Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.
 

Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.
 


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