A proper secrecy is the only mystery of able men,
mystery is the only secrecy of weak and cunning ones.
Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the
most always like it the least.
Aim at perfection in everything– though in most things it
Character must be kept bright as well as clean.
History is only a confused heap of facts.
I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the
hours will take care of themselves.
Idleness is the holiday of fools.
It is impossible for any one not to have some enemies.
Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold.
Politeness is fictitious benevolence.
Politeness and good breeding are absolutely necessary
to adorn any or all other qualities or talents.
The mind must have some wordly objects to excite its
attention; otherwise it will stagnate in indolence, sink
into melancholy, or rise into visions and enthusiasm.
The world is a country which nobody ever yet know by
description; one must travel through it one’s self to be
acquainted with it.
Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket;
and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that