A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.
Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.
Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.
Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings. What matters isn't being applauded when you arrive - for that is common - but being missed when you leave.
Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.
Evil report carries further than any applause.
The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.
At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.
Fortune pays you sometimes for the intensity of her favors by the shortness of their duration. She soon tires of carrying any one long on her shoulders.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
Don't show off every day, or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent.
He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.
Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.