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If you are idle you are on the way to ruin, and there are few stopping places upon it. - It is rather a precipice than a road.
[Idleness]
 

If you attempt to beat a man down and so get his goods for less than a fair price, you are attempting to commit burglary as much as though you broke into his shop to take the things without paying for them. - There is cheating on both sides of the counter, and generally less behind it than before.
[Dishonesty]
 

In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
[Enthusiasm]
 

In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
[Benevolence]
 

In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.
 

Intelligence increases mere physical ability one half. - The use of the head abridges the labor of the hands.
[Intelligence]
 

Interest works night and day in fair weather and in foul. It gnaws at a man's substance with invisible teeth.
[Money]
 

It is a higher exhibition of Christian manliness to be able to bear trouble than to get rid of it.
[Resignation]
 

It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible. Do not then be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.
[Defeat]
 

It is impossible to indulge in habitual severity of opinion upon our fellow-men without injuring the tenderness and delicacy of our own feelings.
[Censure]
 

It is not merely cruelty that leads men to love war, it is excitement.
[Motivation]
 

It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.
 

It is not to come in any particular way, or with any particular experience, but to arise and come to your Father, and say unto Him, "Father I have sinned against heaven and before Thee, and am no more worthy to be called Thy son; make me as one of Thy hired servants."
 

It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
[Prayer]
 

It is not what a man gets, but what a man is, that he should think of. - He should think first of his character, and then of his condition: for if he have the former, he need have no fears about the latter. - Character will draw condition after it. - Circumstances obey principles.
[Character]
 

It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
 

It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery but the friction.
 

It is often said it is no matter what a man believes if he is only sincere. But let a man sincerely believe that seed planted without ploughing is as good as with; that January is as favorable for seed-sowing as April; and that cockle seed will produce as good a harvest as wheat, and is it so?
[Sincerity]
 

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.
[Friendship]
 

It is sometimes of God's mercy that men in the eager pursuit of worldly aggrandizement are baffled; for they are very like a train going down an inclined plane - putting on the brake is not pleasant, but it keeps the car on the track and from ruin.
[Disappointment]
 


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