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A friend is one to whom one can pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keeping what is worth keeping, and, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
By six qualities may a fool be known: anger, without cause; speech, without profit; change, without motive; inquiry, without an object; trust in a stranger; and incapacity to discriminate between friend and foe.
Ask not a man who his father was but make trial of his qualities, and then conciliate or reject him accordingly. For it is no disgrace to new wine, if only it be sweet, as to its taste, that it was the juice [or daughter] of sour grapes.
If thou shouldst find thy friend in the wrong reprove him secretly, but in the presence of company praise him.
One common origin unites us all, but every sort of wood does not give the perfume of the lignum aloes.
Scratch yourself with your own nails; always do your own business, and when you intend asking for a service, go to a person who can appreciate your merit.
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