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Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

Time is the measure of business.
That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
I would live to study, and not study to live.
The best armor is to keep out of gunshot.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
Silence is the virtue of fools.
People of great position are servants times three, servants of their country, servants of fame, and servants of business.
Truth arises more readily from error than from confusion.
There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.
It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.
I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
No crime is so great as daring to excel.
Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never -- in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
Science is but an image of the truth.
The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.
Ill Fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.
Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.
In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they see nothing but sea.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
Discern of the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still; for age will not be defied.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
God hangs the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.
Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.
Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.
I hold every man a debtor to his profession.
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.

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