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Nothing sinks a young man into low company, both of men and women, so surely as timidity and diffidence of himself. - If he thinks he shall not please, he may depend upon it that he will not. - But with proper endeavors to please, and a degree of persuasion that he shall, it is almost certain that he will.
 

Once I sought a time and place for solitude and prayer; but now where'er I find thy face I find a closet there.
 

Our best conjectures, as to the true spring of actions, are very uncertain; the actions themselves are all we know from history. That Csesar was murdered by twenty-four conspirators, I doubt not; but I very much doubt whether their love of liberty was the sole cause.
[Motives]
 

Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults.
 

Patience is a most necessary quality for business; many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.
[Capitalism]
 

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.
 

Pleasure is a necessary reciprocal. No one feels, who does not at the same time give it. To be pleased, one must please. What pleases you in others, will in general please them in you.
[Pleasure]
 

Pocket all your knowledge with your watch and never pull it out in company unless desired.
[Knowledge]
 

Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold.
[Appearance]
 

Politicians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them.
 

Prepare yourselves for the great world, as the athletes used to do for their exercises; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do, as young people are too apt to think.
[Manners]
 

Promptness is the soul of business.
 

Real friendship is a slow grower, and never thrives unless engrafted upon a stock of known and reciprocal merit.
[Friendship]
 

Real merit of any kind, cannot long be concealed; it will be discovered, and nothing can depreciate it but a man exhibiting it himself. It may not always be rewarded as it ought; but it will always be known.
[Merit]
 

Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring, perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate, simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all things are necessary branches of the regimen of health.
 

Remember, as long as you live, that nothing but strict truth can carry you through the world, with either your conscience or your honor unwounded.
 

Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.
 

Silence and reserve suggest latent power. What some men think has more effect than what others say.
[Silence]
 

Spirit is now a very fashionable word; to act with spirit, to speak with spirit, means only to act rashly, and to talk indiscreetly. An able man shows his spirit by gentle words and resolute actions; he is neither hot nor timid.
 

Style is the dress of thoughts; let them be ever so just, if your style is homely, coarse, and vulgar, they will appear to as much disadvantage, and be as ill received, as your person, though ever so well proportioned, would be if dressed in rags, dirt, and tatters.
[Style]
 


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