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.
There is no one who would not rather appear to know than to be taught.
Study depends on the goodwill of the student, a quality that cannot be secured by compulsion.
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.
Satiety is a neighbor to continued pleasures.
[Lat., Continuis voluptatibus vicina satietas.]
One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
[Lat., Qui stultis videri eruditi volunt, stulti eruditis videntur.]
For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set.
In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
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.
Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
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.
The perfection of art is to conceal art.
Ambition is a vice, but it may be the father of virtue.
Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
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.
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.
To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination.
We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
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.
It is the heart which inspires eloquence.
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