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Learning is like Scanderbeg?s sword, either good or bad according to him who hath it: an excellent weapon, if well used; otherwise, like a sharp razor in the hand of a child.
Harsh reproof is like a violent storm, soon washed down the channel; but friendly admonitions, like a small shower, pierce deep, and bring forth better reformation.
He that rectifies a crooked stick bends it the contrary way, so must he that would reform a vice learn to affect its mere contrary, and in time he shall see the springing blossoms of a happy restoration.
If a man be not so happy as he desires, let this be his comfort?he is not so wretched as he deserves.
It is better to be well deserving without praise than to live by the air of undeserved commendation.
Men are not rich or poor according to what they possess but to what they desire. The only rich man is he that with content enjoys a competence.
There is not half so much danger in the desperate sword of a known foe as in the smooth insinuations of a pretended friend.
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