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.
Virtue, though she gets her beginning from nature, yet receives her finishing touches from learning.
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.
That which offends the ear will not easily gain admission to the mind.
Study depends on the goodwill of the student, a quality that cannot be secured by compulsion.
Write quickly and you will never write well; write well, and you will soon write quickly.
One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.
In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.
We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
An evil-speaker differs from an evil-doer only in the want of opportunity.
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.
Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.
The learned understand the reason of art; the unlearned feel the pleasure.
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.
While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin. the opportunity is lost.
There is no one who would not rather appear to know than to be taught.
Give bread to a stranger, in the name of the universal brotherhood which binds together all men under the common father of nature.
While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.
Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
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.
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