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.
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.
A mediocre speech supported by all the power of delivery will be more impressive than the best speech unaccompanied by such power.
Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
The perfection of art is to conceal art.
Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.
The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.
As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone.
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.
It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate.
A man who tries to surpass another may perhaps succeed in equaling inot actually surpassing him, but one who merely follows can never quite come up with him: a follower, necessarily, is always behind.
Though ambition may be a fault in itself, it is often the mother of virtues.
Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture.
It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a boy's mind from effort.
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