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Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.

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A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.

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For my own part, I would rather be in company with a dead man than with an absent one; for if the dead man gives me no pleasure, at least he shows me no contempt; whereas the absent one, silently indeed, but very plainly, tells me that he does not think me worth his attention.

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Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.

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I find, by experience, that the mind and the body are more than married, for they are most intimately united; and when one suffers, the other sympathizes.

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Never hold anyone by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.

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Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.

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History is but a confused heap of facts.

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Buy good books, and read them; the best books are the commonest, and the last editions are always the best, if the editors are not blockheads.

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It is commonly said that ridicule is the best test of truth; for that it will not stick where it is not just. I deny it. A truth learned in a certain light, and attacked in certain words, by men of wit and humor, may, and often doth, become ridiculous, at least so far, that the truth is only remembered and repeated for the sake of the ridicule.

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Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.

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I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.

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Pleasure is a necessary reciprocal. No one feels, who does not at the same time give it. To be pleased, one must please. What pleases you in others, will in general please them in you.

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Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.

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He makes people pleased with him by making them first pleased with themselves.

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Be wiser than other people, if you can; but do not tell them so.

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A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.

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The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.

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A man of sense only trifles with them, plays with them, humors and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but he neither consults them about, nor trusts them with, serious matters.

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Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves. A man must have a good share of wit himself to endure a great share of it in another.

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A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.

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If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself.

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Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

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You must look into people, as well as at them.

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The world can doubtless never be well known by theory: practice is absolutely necessary; but surely it is of great use to a young man, before he sets out for that country, full of mazes, windings, and turnings, to have at least a general map of it, made by some experienced traveler.

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Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner, but at the same time let them feel, the steadiness of your resentment.

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Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.

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Take the tone of the company you are in.

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The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is, doubtless, a separation.

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Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.

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Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.

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Most maxim-mongers have preferred the prettiness to the justness of a thought, and the turn to the truth; but I have refused myself to everything that my own experience did not justify and confirm.

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Character must be kept bright as well as clean.

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Custom has made dancing sometimes necessary for a young man; therefore mind it while you learn it, that you may learn to do it well, and not be ridiculous, though in a ridiculous act.

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Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your word.

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Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.

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In the case of scandal, as in that of robbery, the receiver is always thought as bad as the thief.

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The more one works, the more willing one is to work.

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Men will not believe because they will not broaden their minds.

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Vice, in its true light, is so deformed, that it shocks us at first sight; and would hardly ever seduce us, if it did not at first wear the mask of some virtue.

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The heart never grows better by age; I fear rather worse, always harder. A young liar will be an old one, and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older.

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Let them show me a cottage where there are not the same vices of which they accuse the courts.

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Take care in your minutes, and the hours will take care of themselves.

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The less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.

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Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.

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No man tastes pleasures truly, who does not earn them by previous business; and few people do business well, who do nothing else.

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Style is the dress of thoughts; and let them be ever so just, if your style is homely, coarse, and vulgar, they will appear to as much disadvantage, and be as ill received, as your person, though ever so well-proportioned, would if dressed in rags, dirt, and tatters.

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Most people have ears, but few have judgment; tickle those ears, and depend upon it, you will catch those judgments, such as they are.

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If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition (or whatever is their prevailing passion) on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.

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Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.