A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
The truths that matter most to us come always half spoken.
Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do.
A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best for that we must have recourse to art.
Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.
To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.
Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.
There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other ones invariably slink in after it.
A wise man learns more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.
It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
Good things, when short, are twice as good.
A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
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