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A foolish husband fears his wife; a prudent wife obeys her husband.
A truly great man never puts away the simplicity of a child.*
A vacant mind is open to all suggestions, as the hollow mountain returns all sounds.
A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.
By nature all men are alike, but by education very different.
Do not anxiously expect what is not yet come; do not vainly regret what is already past.
Do not consider any vice as trivial, and therefore practise it; do not consider any virtue as unimportant, and therefore neglect it.
Good fortune is a benefit to the wise, but a curse to the foolish.
He who toils with pain will eat with pleasure.
In learning, age and youth go for nothing; the best informed take the precedence.
It is not easy to stop the fire when the water is at a distance; friends at hand are better than relations afar off.
Let every man sweep the snow from before his own doors, and not busy himself about the frost on his neighbour?s tiles.
Modesty is attended with profit, arrogance brings on destruction.
The best soldiers are not warlike.
The best thing is to be respected, the next, is to be loved; it is bad to be hated, but still worse to be despised.
The doctrine that enters only into the ear is like the repast one takes in a dream.
The fame of good men?s actions seldom goes beyond their own doors, but their evil deeds are carried a thousand miles? distance.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.
The man of first rate excellence is virtuous in spite of instruction; he of the middle class is so after instruction; the lowest order of men are vicious in spite of instruction.
The man of worth is really great without being proud; the mean man is proud without being really great.
Those who cause dissensions in order to injure other people are preparing pitfalls for their own ruin.
Unsullied poverty is always happy, while impure wealth brings with it many sorrows.
When the man of a naturally good propensity has much wealth it injures his advancement in wisdom; when a worthless man has much wealth it increases his faults.
Worldly fame and pleasure are destructive to the virtue of the mind; anxious thoughts and apprehensions are injurious to the health of the body.

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