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Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
[Change]
 

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
[Error]
 

Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God.
[Passion]
 

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
 

Recompense injury with justice, and unkindness with kindness.
[Injury]
 

Respect yourself and others will respect you.
 

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
 

Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.
[Sincerity]
 

Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
[Art]
 

Study the past if you would divine the future.
[Past]
 

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
 

Superior men, and yet not always virtuous, there have been; but there never has been a mean man, and at the same time virtuous.
 

The aim of the superior man is truth.
 

The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
[Attention]
 

The cautious seldom err.
[Caution]
 

The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete.
 

The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
[Knowledge]
 

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
[Diligence]
 

The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.
[Change]
 

The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.
 


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