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Jealousy feeds upon suspicion, and it turns into fury or it ends as soon as we pass from suspicion to certainty.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.
Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks of what he intends to say than of what others are saying, and listens no more when he himself has a chance to speak.
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
Nothing is less sincere than our mode of asking and giving advice. He who asks seems to have a deference for the opinion of his friend, while he only aims to get approval of his own and make his friend responsible for his action. And he who gives advice repays the confidence supposed to be placed in him by a seemingly disinterested zeal, while he seldom means anything by his advice but his own interest or reputation.
Our repentance is not so much regret for the ill we have done as fear of the ill that may happen to us in consequence.
Small minds are much distressed by little things. Great minds see them all but are not upset by them.
To be deceived by our enemies or betrayed by our friends in insupportable; yet by ourselves we are often content to be so treated.
To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.
We should manage our fortunes as we do our health - enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.
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