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In marriage do thou be wise; prefer the person before money; virtue before beauty; the mind before the body.
A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.
All excess is ill, but drunkenness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and bad.
Believe nothing against another but on good authority; and never report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to some other to conceal it.
He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.
If a civil word or two will render a man happy, he must be a wretch, indeed who will not give them to him. Such a disposition is like lighting another man's candle by one's own, which loses none of its brilliancy by what the other gains.
Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns.
Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.
There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.
True godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it.
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
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