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Hard workers are usually honest; industry lifts them above temptation.
[Labor]
 

Haste usually turns upon being late, and may be avoided by a habit like that of Lord Nelson, to which he ascribed his success in life, of always being ten minutes too early.
[Haste]
 

He presents me with what is always an acceptable gift who brings me news of a great thought before unknown. He enriches me without impoverishing himself.
[Quotations]
 

Heaven lent you a soul, Earth will lend a grave.
 

Hope is the best part of our riches. - What sufficeth it that we have the wealth of the Indies in our pockets, if we have not the hope of heaven in our souls?
[Hope]
 

How full or how empty our lives, depends, we say, on Providence. Suppose we say, more or less on improvidence.
 

Imitation belittles.
[Imitation]
 

In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.
 

In matters of love and appetite beware of surfeits. Nothing contributes so much to the duration of either as moderation in their gratification.
[Love]
 

In one important respect a man is fortunate in being poor. His responsibility to God is so much the less.
[Poverty]
 

In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.
[Politics]
 

Intellectually, as well as politically, the direction of all true progress is toward greater freedom, and along an endless succession of ideas.
[Progress]
 

It is ever the invisible that is the object of our profoundest worship. With the lover it is not the seen but the unseen that he muses upon.
[Love]
 

It is only an error of judgment to make a mistake, but it argues an infirmity of character to adhere to it when discovered. The Chinese say, "The glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall."
[Error]
 

It is our relation to circumstances that determines their influence over us. The same wind that carries one vessel into port may blow another off shore.
[Self Reliance]
 

It is some compensation for great evils, that they enforce great lessons.
 

It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.
[Kisses]
 

It may almost be held that the hope of commercial gain has done nearly as much for the cause of truth, as even the love of truth itself.
[Commerce]
 

Kindness is a language the dumb can speak, and the deaf can hear and understand.
[Kindness]
 

Kindred weaknesses induce friendships as often as kindred virtues.
[Friendship]
 


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