Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.
We should not write so that it is possible for the reader to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to misunderstand us.
An evil-speaker differs from an evil-doer only in the want of opportunity.
Write quickly and you will never write well; write well, and you will soon write quickly.
While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin. the opportunity is lost.
One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.
God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech.
Prune what is turgid, elevate what is commonplace, arrange what is disorderly, introduce rhythm where the language is harsh, modify where it is too absolute.
A liar should have a good memory.
Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
If you direct your whole thought to work itself, none of the things which invade eyes or ears will reach the mind.
We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.
It is the heart which inspires eloquence.
Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
The perfection of art is to conceal art.
A mediocre speech supported by all the power of delivery will be more impressive than the best speech unaccompanied by such power.
Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.
As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone.
The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.
A great part of art consists in imitation. For the whole conduct of life is based on this: that what we admire in others we want to do ourselves.
To swear, except when necessary, is becoming to an honorable man.
[Lat., In totum jurare, nisi ubi necesse est, gravi viro parum convenit.]
One thing, however, I must premise, that without the assistance of natural capacity, rules and precepts are of no efficacy.
From writing rapidly it does not result that one writes well, but from writing well it results that one writes rapidly.
While we ponder when to begin, it becomes too late to do.
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