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All action is of the mind and the mirror of the mind is the face, its index the eyes.
 

All great men are in some degree inspired.
[Men]
 

All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.
 

All things that are pernicious in their progress must be evil in their birth, for no sooner is the government of reason thrown off, than they rush forward to their own accord; weakness takes a pleasure to indulge itself; and having imperceptibly launched out into the main ocean, can find no place where to stop.
[Excess]
 

An unjust peace is better than a just war.
[War]
 

Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.
[Thought]
 

Anyone who has got a book collection and a garden wants for nothing.
 

Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.
 

As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.
[Against]
 

As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.
[Age]
 

As if anything were so common as ignorance! The multitude of fools is a protection to the wise.
[Ignorance]
 

As in the case of wines that improve with age, the oldest friendships ought to be the most delightful.
[Friendship]
 

As the laws are above magistrates, so are the magistrates above the people: and it may truly be said, that the magistrate is a speaking law, and the law a silent magistrate.
[Law]
 

As the old proverb says "Like readily consorts with like."
 

Avarice, in old age, is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end?
 

Be a pattern to others, and then all will go well; for as a whole city is infected by the licentious passions and vices of great men, so it is likewise reformed by their moderation.
[Example]
 

Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which and be pointed out by your finger.
 

Before beginning, plan carefully.
 

Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.
[Borrowing]
 

Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
[Eloquence]
 


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