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Discretion is the salt, and fancy the sugar of life; the one preserves, the other sweetens it.
 

Dishonesty is a forsaking of permanent for temporary advantages.
[Dishonesty]
 

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
[Self Confidence]
 

Earnestness is the devotion of all the faculties. - It is the cause of patience; gives endurance; overcomes pain; strengthens weakness; braves dangers; sustains hope; makes light of difficulties, and lessens the sense of weariness in overcoming them.
 

Earth took her shining station as a star, In Heaven's dark hall, high up the crowd of worlds.
 

Economy before competence is meanness after it; therefore economy is for the poor; the rich may dispense with it.
[Economy]
 

Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.
 

Even when we fancy we have grown wiser, it is only, it may be, that new prejudices have displaced old ones.
[Prejudice]
 

Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
[Example]
 

Examples are few of men ruined by giving. - Men are heroes in spending - cravens in what they give.
 

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.
[Friendship]
 

Fame - a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.
[Fame]
 

Few minds wear out; more rust out.
[Mind]
 

Formerly when great fortunes were only made in war, war was a business; but now when great fortunes are only made by business, business is war.
[Business]
 

Four sweet lips, two pure souls, and one undying affection - these are love's pretty ingredients for a kiss.
[Kisses]
 

Galileo called doubt the father of invention; it is certainly the pioneer.
[Doubt]
 

Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.
 

Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.
[Fear]
 

Great designs are not accomplished without enthusiasm of some sort. - It is the inspiration of everything great. - Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Half our fears are baseless, the other half discreditable.
 


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