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It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.
 

It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, fine houses or fine furniture.
 

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
 

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.
 

It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one-tenth part of their time, to be employed in its service; but idleness taxes many of us much more; sloth, by bringing on diseases, absolutely shortens life. Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright. Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. How much more than is necessary do we spend in sleep, forgetting that the sleeping fox catches no poultry, and there will be sleeping enough in the grave!
[Idleness]
 

Justice is as strictly due between neighbor nations, as between neighbor citizens. A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang, as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang of robbers.
[Justice]
 

Keep flax from fire, youth from gaming.
[Gambling]
 

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
[Companionship]
 

Keep your mouth wet, feet dry.
[Advice]
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Laws cannot prevent extravagance; and this perhaps is not always an evil to the public. A shilling spent idly by a fool may be picked up by a wiser person, who knows better what to do with it; it is, therefore, not lost.
 

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
[Government]
 

Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.
 

Let every one ascertain his special business or calling, and then stick to it, if he would be successful.
 

Let honesty and industry be thy constant companions, and spend one penny less than thy clear gains; then shall thy pocket begin to thrive; creditors will not insult, nor want oppress, nor hunger bite, nor nakedness freeze thee.
[Economy]
 

Let honesty be as the breath of thy soul; then shalt thou reach the point of happiness, and independence shall be thy shield and buckler, thy helmet and crown; then shall thy soul walk upright, nor stoop to the silken wretch because he hath riches, nor pocket an abuse because the hand which offers it wears a ring set with diamonds.
[Honesty]
 

Let they child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.
[Obedience]
 

Let thy discontents be thy Secrets; - if the world knows them 'twill despise thee and increase them.
[Advice]
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Let thy vices die before thee.
[Vice]
 

Life is rather a state of embryo, a preparation for life; a man is not completely born till he has passed through death.
[Life]
 

Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.
 


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