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To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
[Solitude]
 

To despise our own species is the price we must often pay for a knowledge of it.
[Man]
 

To judge by the event, is an error all abuse and all commit; for in every instance, courage, if crowned with success, is heroism; if clouded by defeat, temerity.
[Judgment]
 

To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail, our pride supports us - when we succeed, it betrays us.
[Success]
 

To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it. - The pains of power are real; its pleasures imaginary.
[Power]
 

To look back to antiquity is one thing; to go back to it another. If we look back to it, it should be as those who are running a race, only to press forward the faster, and to leave the beaten way still further behind.
 

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.
 

Tomorrow! It is a period nowhere to be found in all the hoary registers of time, unless, perchance, in the fool's calendar. - Wisdom disclaims the word, nor holds society with those who own it.
[Procrastination]
 

True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.
[Contentment]
 

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.
[Friendship]
 

Truth can hardly be expected to adapt herself to the crooked policy and wily sinuosities of worldly affairs; for truth, like light, travels only in straight lines!
[Truth]
 

Two things are necessary to a modern martyr, - some to pity, and some to persecute, some to regret, and some to roast him. If martyrdom is now on the decline, it is not because martyrs are less zealous, but because martyr-mongers are more wise.
 

Two things ought to teach us to think but meanly of human glory - that the very best have had their calumniators, and the very worst their panegyrists.
[Glory]
 

Two things, well considered, would prevent many quarrels; first to have it well ascertained whether we are not disputing about terms rather than things; and secondly, to examine whether that on which we differ is worth contending about.
[Quarrels]
 

Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.
 

Vice stings us even in our pleasures, but virtue consoles us even in our pains.
[Vice]
 

Villainy that is vigilant will be an overmatch for virtue, if she slumber at her post.
 

Virtue is uniform and fixed, because she looks for approbation only from Him who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
[Virtue]
 

Virtue without talent is a coat of mail without a sword; it may indeed defend the wearer, but will not enable him to protect his friend.
[Virtue]
 

War kills men, and men deplore the loss; but war also crushes bad principles and tyrants, and so saves societies.
 


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