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Do not consider any vice as trivial, and therefore practise it; do not consider any virtue as unimportant, and therefore neglect it.
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.
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 fame of good men?s actions seldom goes beyond their own doors, but their evil deeds are carried a thousand miles? distance.
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.
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.