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An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.

Any affectation whatsoever in dress implies, in my mind, a flaw in the understanding.

Armies, though always the supporters and tools of absolute power for the time being, are always its destroyers too, by frequently changing the hands in which they think proper to lodge it.

As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless.

Awkwardness is a more real disadvantage than it is generally thought to be: it often occasions ridicule, and always lessens dignity.

Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.

Being pretty on the inside means you don't hit your brother and you eat all your peas - that's what my grandma taught me.

Cautiously avoid speaking of the domestic affairs either of yourself, or of other people. - Yours are nothing to them but tedious gossip; and theirs are nothing to you.

Character must be kept bright as well as clean.

Choose the company of your superiors whenever you can have it; that is the right and true pride.

Compliments of congratulation are always kindly taken, and cost nothing but pen, ink, and paper. I consider them as draughts upon good breeding, where the exchange is always greatly in favor of the drawer.

Custom has made dancing sometimes necessary for a young man; therefore mind it while you learn it, that you may learn to do it well, and not be ridiculous, though in a ridiculous act.

Dispatch is the soul of business.

Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any viable reason.

Dress yourself fine, where others are fine, and plain, where others are plain; but take care always that your clothes are well made and fit you, for otherwise they will give you a very awkward sir.

Fear manifested invites danger; concealed cowards insult known ones.

Few men are of one plain, decided colour, most are mixed, shaded, and blended; and vary as much, from different situations as changeable silks do from different lights.

Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character and one of the best instruments of success. Without it, genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.

Flattery, though a base coin, is the necessary pocket-money at court; where, by custom and consent, it has obtained such a currency, that it is no longer a fraudulent, but a legal payment.

Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners; it is the manner in which the mob express their silly joy at silly things, and which they call being merry. - In my mind there is nothing so ill-bred as audible laughter.

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