Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus.
The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame, each of them, by a single sentence consisting of two or three words.
The covetous person lives as if the world were made altogether for him, and not he for the world.
The grateful person, being still the most severe exacter of himself, not only confesses, but proclaims, his debts.
Action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigor, and activity of man's nature.
Much reading is like much eating -wholly useless without digestion.
It is the work of fancy to enlarge, but of judgment to shorten and contract; and therefore this must be as far above the other as judgment is a greater and nobler faculty than fancy or imagination.
He who has no mind to trade with the Devil should be so wise as to keep from his shop.
Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason.
The mind begins to boggle at unnatural substances as things paradoxical and incomprehensible.
An Aristotle was but the rubbish of an Adam, and Athens but the rudiments of Paradise.
Folly enlarges men's desires while it lessens their capacities.
Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.
Anger is a transient hatred; or at least very like it.
He who does a kindness to an ungrateful person, sets his seal to a flint and sows his seed upon the sand; on the former he makes no impression, and from the latter finds no product.
Most of the appearance of mirth in the world is not mirth, it is art. The wounded spirit is not seen, but walks under a disguise.
In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness he finds not half the pleasure in the possession that he proposed to himself in the expectation.
He that tears away a man's good name tears his flesh from his bones, and, by letting him live, gives him only a cruel opportunity of feeling his misery, of burying his better part, and surviving himself.
Guilt upon the conscience, like rust upon iron, both defiles and consumes it, gnawing and creeping into it, as that does which at last eats out the very heart and substance of the metal.
Let a man be but in earnest in praying against a temptation as the tempter is in pressing it, and he needs not proceed by a surer measure.
Speech was given to the ordinary sort of men, whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it.
He that despairs measures Providence by his own little contracted model and limits infinite power to finite apprehensions.
A true friend is the gift of God, and He only who made hearts can unite them.
Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.
Pain is an outcry of sin.
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