I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint.
Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor.
Bacteria: The only culture some people have.
Gossip and rumor are evil; easy to lift up, heavy to carry, and hard to put down again.
Do not let a flattering woman coax and wheedle you and deceive you; she is after your barn.
He harms himself who does harm to another, and the evil plan is most harmful to the planner.
If you add a little to a little and do this often, soon the little will become great.
Badness you can get easily, in quantity. The road is smooth and lies close by. But in front of excellence the immortal gods have put sweat, and long and steep is the way to do it, and rough at first. But when you come to the top, then it is easy, even though it is hard.
A sparing tongue is the greatest treasure among men.
Timeliness is best in all matters.
It is best to do things systematically, since we are only human, and disorder is our worst enemy.
The man who procrastinates struggles with ruin.
Peace is a nursing mother to the land.
Do not gain basely; base gain is equal to ruin.
Only fools need suffer to learn.
Best is the man who thinks for himself.
Do not seek dishonest gains: dishonest gains are losses.
It will not always be summer: build barns.
A man fashions ill for himself who fashions ill for another, and the ill design is most ill for the designer.
Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning.
In the race for wealth, a neighbor tries to outdo his neighbor, but this strife is good for men. For the potter envies potter, and the carpenter the carpenter, and the beggar rivals the beggar, and the singer the singer.
Happy is the man whom the Muses love: sweet speech flows from his mouth.
Do not put your work off till to-morrow and the day after; for a sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor one who puts off his work: industry makes work go well, but a man who puts off work is always at hand-grips with ruin.
Preserve the mean; the opportune moment is best in all things.
But he who neither thinks for himself nor learns from others, is a failure as a man.
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