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There is time enough for everything in the course of the day if you do but one thing at once; but there is not time enough in the year if you will do two things at a time.
[Concentration]
 

To govern mankind, one must not overrate them.
 

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
 

True politeness is perfect ease and freedom. It simply consists in treating others just as you love to be treated yourself.
[Politeness]
 

Vice, in its true light, is so deformed, that it shocks us at first sight; and would hardly ever seduce us, if it did not at first wear the mask of some virtue.
 

We are as often duped by diffidence as by confidence.
 

We are, in truth, more than a half of what we are by imitation.
[Imitation]
 

Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket. - Do not pull it out merely to show that you have one. - If asked what o'clock it is, tell it; but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.
[Learning]
 

Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
[Deeds]
 

When a man is once in fashion, all he does is right.
[Fashion]
 

When a man seeks your advice he generally wants your praise.
[Advice]
 

When I reflect upon what I have seen, have heard, and have done, I can hardly persuade myself that all that frivolous hurry and bustle and pleasure of the world had any reality; and I look on what has passed as one of those wild dreams which opium occasions, and I by no means wish to repeat the nauseous dose for the sake of the fugitive illusion.
[Life]
 

When one is learning, one should not think of play; and when one is at play, one should not think of learning.
[Concentration]
 

Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him. - Haste and hurry are very different things.
[Haste]
 

Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves. A man must have a good share of wit himself to endure a great share of it in another.
 

Without some dissimulation no business can be carried on at all.
[Capitalism]
 

You must look into people as well as at them.
[Character]
 

Young men are as apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are to think themselves sober enough. They look upon spirit to be a much better thing than experience, which they call coldness. They are but half mistaken; for though spirit without experience is dangerous, experience without spirit is languid and ineffective.
[Youth]
 


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