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A good man?s intellect is piercing, yet inflicts no wound; his actions are deliberate, yet bold; his heart is warm, but never burns; his speech is eloquent, yet ever true.
A subtle-witted man is like an arrow, which, rending little surface, enters deeply, but they whose minds are dull resemble stones dashing with clumsy force, but never piercing.
The foolish undertake a trifling act, and soon desist, discouraged; wise men engage in mighty works, and persevere.
Two sources of success are known: wisdom and effort; make them both thine own, if thou wouldst haply rise.