You may tell a man thou art a fiend, but not your nose wants blowing to him alone who can bear a thing of that kind, you may tell all.
Neatness begets order; but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship.
He who, when called upon to speak a disagreeable truth, tells it boldly and has done is both bolder and milder than he who nibbles in a low voice and never ceases nibbling.
He who has no taste for order, will be often wrong in his judgment, and seldom considerate or conscientious in his actions.
Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action for all eternity.
He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.
He can feel no little wants who is in pursuit of grandeur.
Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
You may tell a man thou art a fiend, but not your nose wants blowing; to him alone who can bear a thing of that kind, you may tell all.
Stubbornness is the strength of the weak.
There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.
To know yourself you have only to set down a true statement of those that ever loved or hated you.
You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are decidedly bad.
I am prejudiced in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to giving grandly can ask nobly and with boldness.
The public seldom forgive twice.
Airs of importance are the credentials of impotence.
He knows very little of mankind who expects, by any facts or reasoning, to convince a determined party man.
He is incapable of truly good action who finds not a pleasure in contemplating the good actions of others.
He submits to be seen through a microscope, who suffers himself to be caught in a fit of passion.
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