Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.
Study depends on the goodwill of the student, a quality that cannot be secured by compulsion.
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.
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
There is no one who would not rather appear to know than to be taught.
An evil-speaker differs from an evil-doer only in the want of opportunity.
One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.
We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.
A mediocre speech supported by all the power of delivery will be more impressive than the best speech unaccompanied by such power.
For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set.
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.
For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay, void of all reason, rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor.
While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin. the opportunity is lost.
The learned understand the reason of art; the unlearned feel the pleasure.
Satiety is a neighbor to continued pleasures.
[Lat., Continuis voluptatibus vicina satietas.]
It is the heart which inspires eloquence.
Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
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.
We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
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.
A liar should have a good memory.
As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone.
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