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Self-defence is Nature's eldest law.
 

Set all things in their own peculiar place, and know that order is the greatest grace.
[Order]
 

Shame on the body for breaking down while the spirit perseveres.
 

Silence in times of suffering is the best.
[Silence]
 

Stiff in opinion, always in the wrong.
[Opinion]
 

Successful crimes alone are justified.
 

The base miser starves amid his store, broods o'er his gold, and gripping still at more, sits sadly pining, and believes he's poor.
[Miser]
 

The blushing beauties of a modest maid.
 

The end of satire is the amendment of vices by correction, and he who writes honestly is no more an enemy to the offender, than the physician is to the patient when he prescribes harsh remedies.
[Satire]
 

The first is the law, the last prerogative.
 

The florid, elevated, and figurative way is for the passions; for love and hatred, fear and anger, are begotten in the soul by showing their objects out of their true proportion, either greater than the life, or less; but instruction is to be given by showing them what they naturally are. A man is to be cheated into passion, but reasoned into truth.
[Rhetoric]
 

The fortitude of the Christian consists in patience, not in enterprises which the poets call heroic and which are commonly the effects of interest, pride, and worldly honor.
 

The gems of heaven, that gild night's sable throne.
 

The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.
 

The joys I have possessed are ever mine; out of thy reach, behind eternity, hid in the sacred treasure of the past, but blest remembrance brings them hourly back.
[Memory]
 

The proud he tamed; the penitent he cheered; nor to rebuke the rich offender; feared; his preaching much, but more, his practice wrought, a living sermon of the truths he taught.
 

The rabble gather round the man of news, and listen with their mouths wide open; some tell, some hear, some judge of news, some make it, and he that lies most loud, is most believed.
 

The secret pleasure of a generous act is the great mind's bribe.
[Generosity]
 

The sooner you treat your son as a man, the sooner he will be one.
 

The sun, when he from noon declines, and with abated heat less fiercely shines; seems to grow milder as he goes away.
 


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