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The ease, the luxury, and the abundance of the highest state of civilization, are as productive of selfishness as the difficulties, the privations, and the sterilities of the lowest.
[Civilization]
 

The envious praise only that which they can surpass; that which surpasses them they censure.
[Envy]
 

The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.
[Excess]
 

The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.
[Friendship]
 

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.
 

The gamester, if he die a martyr to his profession, is doubly ruined; he adds his soul to every other loss, and by the act of suicide renounces earth to forfeit heaven.
[Gambling]
 

The good make a better bargain, and the bad a worse, than is usually supposed; for the rewards of the one, and the punishments of the other not unfrequently begin on this side of the grave; for vice has more martyrs than virtue; and it often happens that men suffer more to be damned than to be saved.
[Vice]
 

The greatest and the most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least - the privilege of making them happy.
[Riches]
 

The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.
[Truth]
 

The greatest genius is never so great as when it is chastised and subdued by the highest reason.
[Genius]
 

The hypocrite shows the excellence of virtue by the necessity he thinks himself under of seeming to be virtuous.
[Hypocrisy]
 

The inheritance of a distinguished and noble name is a proud inheritance to him who lives worthily of it.
[Ancestry]
 

The interests of society often render it expedient not to utter the whole truth, the interests of science never: for in this field we have much more to fear from the deficiency of truth, than from its abundance.
[Truth]
 

The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves. - We injure our own cause in the opinion of the world when we too passionately defend it.
[Anger]
 

The man of pleasure should more properly be termed the man of pain; like Diogenes, he purchases repentance at the highest price, and sells the richest reversion for the poorest reality.
[Pleasure]
 

The man of pleasure, by a vain attempt to be more happy than any man can be, is often more miserable than most men.
[Happiness]
 

The man who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own dispositions, will waste his life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the griefs which he proposes to remove.
 

The martyrs to vice far exceed the martyrs to virtue, both in endurance and in number. So blinded are we by our passions that we suffer more to be damned than to be saved.
[Vice]
 

The masses procure their opinions ready made in open market.
[Opinion]
 

The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world.
 


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