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Charles Horace Mayo (July 19, 1865 May 26, 1939) was an American medical practitioner and a co-founder of the Mayo Clinic.

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As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it.

A good scare is worth more than good advice.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
Subdue your passion or it will subdue you.
Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.
Anger is short madness
Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.
Believe that each day that shines on you is your last.
Be ever on your guard what you say of anybody and to whom.
He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
What we learn only through the ears makes less impression upon our minds than what is presented to the trustworthy eye.
Life is largely a matter of expectation.
Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.
Whatever advice you give, be short.
A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient.
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.
Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.
Anger is a brief lunacy.
A word once uttered can never be recalled.
If you wish me to weep, you must first show grief yourself.
He has not lived badly whose birth and death has been unnoticed by the world.
Remember, when life's path is steep, to keep your mind even.
If a better system is thine, impart it; if not, make use of mine.
Life gives nothing to man without labor.
Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.
In the word of no master am I bound to believe.
You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.
Begin, be bold and venture to be wise.
Who then is free? The one who wisely is lord of themselves, who neither poverty, death or captivity terrify, who is strong to resist his appetites and shun honors, and is complete in themselves smooth and round like a globe.
Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.
If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself.
He who has made it a practice to lie and deceive his father, will be the most daring in deceiving others.
Many heroes lived before Agamemnon; but all are unknown and unwept, extinguished in everlasting night, because they have no spirited chronicler.
The one who prosperity takes too much delight in will be the most shocked by reverses.
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years.
Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain.
He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.
You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back.
Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's house is in flames.
Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?
No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.
There is nothing assured to mortals.
When you introduce a moral lesson, let it be brief.
You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.
A jest often decides matters of importance more effectual and happily than seriousness.
It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.
Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself.
We are free to yield to truth.
The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.
He will be loved when dead, who was envied when he was living.
I shall not wholly die, and a great part of me will escape the grave.
Pale death with an impartial foot knocks at the hovels of the poor and the palaces of king.
The human race afraid of nothing, rushes on through every crime.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.

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