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Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says "there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it." A well-bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. - The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence.
[Silence]
 

The discipline which corrects the baseness of worldly passions, fortifies the heart with virtuous principles, enlightens the mind with useful knowledge, and furnishes it with enjoyment from within itself, is of more consequence to real felicity, than all the provisions we can make of the goods of fortune.
[Discipline]
 

The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.
[Literature]
 

The least degree of ambiguity, which leaves the mind in suspense as to the meaning, ought to be avoided with the greatest care.
[Style]
 

The roses of pleasure seldom last long enough to adorn the brow of him who plucks them, and they are the only roses which do not retain their sweetness after they have lost their beauty.
[Pleasure]
 

The self-conceit of the young is the great source of those dangers to which they are exposed.
[Youth]
 

Time hurries on with a resistless, unremitting stream, yet treads more soft than e'er did midnight thief that slides his hand under the miser's pillow, and carries off his prize.
[Time]
 

To seem disturbed at calumny, is the way to make it believed, and stabbing your defamer, will not prove you innocent. - Live an exemplary life, and then your good character will overcome and refute the calumny.
[Calumny]
 

True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we owe to him who made us, and to the common nature which we all share. - It arises from reflection on our own failings and wants, and from just views of the condition and duty of men. - It is native feeling heightened and improved by principle.
[Gentleness]
 

What ever purifies the heart also fortifies it.
 

Willingness to be taught what we do not know, is the sure pledge of growth both in knowledge and wisdom.
 


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