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Ambition drove many men to become false to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.
As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay.
For men who had easily endured hardship, danger and difficult uncertainty, leisure and riches, though in some ways desirable, proved burdensome and a source of grief.
It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.
The glory that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.
The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.
The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession.
They envy the distinction I have won let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
Those most moved to tears by every word of a preacher are generally weak and a rascal when the feelings evaporate.