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Forgiveness to the injured does belong; but they ne'er pardon who have done wrong.
 

Fortune befriends the bold.
[Boldness]
 

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.
 

Genius must be born; it never can be taught.
[Genius]
 

Go miser go, for money sell your soul. Trade wares for wares and trudge from pole to pole, So others may say when you are dead and gone. See what a vast estate he left his son.
 

God never made His work for man to mend.
 

Good sense and good nature are never separated; and good nature is the product of right reason. - It makes allowance for the failings of others by considering that there is nothing perfect in mankind; and by distinguishing that which comes nearest to excellence, though not absolutely free from faults, will certainly produce candor in judging.
 

Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
[Wit]
 

Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
[Today]
 

He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
 

He raves; his words are loose as heaps of sand, and scattered wide from sense. - So high he's mounted on his airy throne, that now the wind has got into his head, and turns his brains to frenzy.
 

He who purposes to be an author, should first be a student.
 

He who trusts secrets to a servant makes him his master.
[Secrecy]
 

He who would search for pearls must dive below.
 

Her head was bare, but for her native ornament of hair, which in a simple knot was tied; sweet negligence - unheeded bait of love.
 

His tribe were God Almighty's gentlemen.
[Man]
 

His voice attention still as midnight draws - his voice more gentle than the summer's breeze.
[Voice]
 

Honor is but an empty bubble.
 

How can finite grasp infinity?
[Reason]
 

How strangely high endeavors may be blessed, where piety and valor jointly go.
[Valor]
 


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