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Never join with your friend when he abuses his horse or his wife unless the one is to be sold, and the other to be buried.
[Tact]
 

Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
[Libraries]
 

No bad man ever wished that his breast was made of glass, or that others could read his thoughts. But the misery is, that the duplicities, the temptations, and the infirmities that surround us, have rendered the truth, and nothing but the truth, as hazardous and contraband a commodity as a man can possibly deal in.
[Truth]
 

No company is preferable to bad. We are more apt to catch the vices of others than virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
[Associates]
 

No improvement that takes place in either of the sexes, can be confined to itself; each is a universal mirror to each; and the respective refinement of the one, will be in reciprocal proportion to the polish of the other.
 

No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it.
[Virtue]
 

No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful.
[Gratitude]
 

No two things differ more than hurry and despatch. Hurry is the mark of a weak mind; despatch of a strong one.
[Haste]
 

Nobility is a river that sets with a constant and undeviating current directly into the great Pacific Ocean of time; but, unlike all other rivers, it is more grand at its source than at its termination.
[Nobility]
 

Nobility of birth does not always insure a corresponding nobility of mind; if it did, it would always act as a stimulus to noble actions; but it sometimes acts as a clog rather than a spur.
[Ancestry]
 

None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them. Such persons covet secrets as spendthrifts do money, for the purpose of circulation.
[Secrecy]
 

None are so seldom found alone, and are so soon tired of their own company as those coxcombs who are on the best terms with themselves.
[Conceit]
 

Nothing is so difficult as the apparent ease of a clear and flowing style. - Those graces which, from their presumed facility, encourage all to attempt to imitate them, are usually the most inimitable.
[Style]
 

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity than straightforward and simple integrity in another. A knave would rather quarrel with a brother-knave than with a fool, but he would rather avoid a quarrel with one honest man than with both. He can combat a fool by management and address, and he can conquer a knave by temptations. But the honest man is neither to be bamboozled nor bribed.
[Honesty]
 

Novels may teach us as wholesome a moral as the pulpit. There are "sermons in stones," in healthy books, and "good in everything."
 

Observation made in the cloister or in the desert, will generally be as obscure as the one and as barren as the other; but he that would paint with his pencil must study originals, and not be over fearful of a little dust.
[Observation]
 

Of all marvellous things, perhaps there is nothing that angels behold with such supreme astonishment as a proud man.
[Pride]
 

Of all the faculties of the mind, memory is the first that flourishes, and the first that dies.
[Memory]
 

Of all the passions, jealousy is that which exacts the hardest service, and pays the bitterest wages. Its service is, to watch the success of our enemy; its wages to be sure of it.
[Jealousy]
 

Of present fame think little, and of future less; the praises that we receive after we are buried, like the flowers that are strewed over our grave, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead; the dead are gone, either to a place where they hear them not, or where, if they do, they will despise them.
[Fame]
 


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