A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.
You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.
Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.
Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain.
This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist.
He tosses aside his paint-pots and his words a foot and a half long.
A picture is a poem without words.
Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.
Knowledge without education is but armed injustice.
He is armed without who is innocent within, be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass.
A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them.
He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest.
Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.
Anger is a short madness.
The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.
Whatever advice you give, be short.
In adversity remember to keep an even mind.
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.
Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?
A word, once sent abroad, flies irrevocably.
Choose a subject equal to your abilities; think carefully what your shoulders may refuse, and what they are capable of bearing.