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If you would be loved, love and be lovable.
[Lighten Up]
 

If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
[Wealth]
 

If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
[Self Reliance]
 

If you would keep your Secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.
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If you would know the value of money, go try to borrow some; for he that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.
[Borrowing]
 

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing.
[Fame]
 

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
 

If you would relish food, labor for it before you take it; if enjoy clothing, pay for it before you wear it; if you would sleep soundly, take a clear conscience to bed with you.
[Effort]
 

If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life.
 

If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.
 

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
 

In humility imitate Jesus and Socrates.
[Humility]
 

In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.
[Faith]
 

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
[Business]
 

In transactions of trade it is not to be supposed that, as in gaming, what one party gains the other must necessarily lose. The gain to each may be equal. If A. has more corn than he can consume, but wants cattle; and B. has more cattle, but wants corn; exchange is gain to each; thereby the common stock of comforts in life is increased.
 

Industry need not wish.
 

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.
[Being]
 

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
 

It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.
[Desire]
 

It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
 


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