We should not speak so that it is possible for the audience to understand us, but so that it is impossible for them to misunderstand us.
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 must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.
Write quickly and you will never write well; write well, and you will soon write quickly.
That which offends the ear will not easily gain admission to the mind.
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.
While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.
It is the heart which inspires eloquence.
In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
A mediocre speech supported by all the power of delivery will be more impressive than the best speech unaccompanied by such power.
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.
A liar should have a good memory.
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.
An evil-speaker differs from an evil-doer only in the want of opportunity.
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.
We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set.
Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.
There is no one who would not rather appear to know than to be taught.
Though ambition may be a fault in itself, it is often the mother of virtues.
Without natural gifts technical rules are useless.
Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune.
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