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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.
Tear thyself from delay.
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.
Seize the day.
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.
I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
A picture is a poem without words.
Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.
A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit.
Words will not fail when the matter is well considered.
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.
You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.
A portion of mankind take pride in their vices and pursue their purpose; many more waver between doing what is right and complying with what is wrong.
The disgrace of others often keeps tender minds from vice.
They change their climate, not their soul, who rush across the sea.
He that has given today may, if he so please, take away tomorrow.
Make a good use of the present.
Those that are little, little things suit.
Usually the modest person passes for someone reserved, the silent for a sullen person
Does he council you better who bids you, Money, by right means, if you can: but by any means, make money ?
It is your business when the wall next door catches fire.
Let us my friends snatch our opportunity from the passing day.
Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it.
It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country.
I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me.
The man is either mad, or he is making verses.
No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.
Every old poem is sacred.
Poets wish to profit or to please.
One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.
How does it happen, Maecenas, that no one is content with that lot of which he has chosen or which chance has thrown his way, but praises those who follow a different course?
Take away the danger and remove the restraint, and wayward nature runs free.
The power of daring anything their fancy suggest, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet.
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.
Knowledge without education is but armed injustice.
He who is upright in his way of life and free from sin.
I teach that all men are mad.
He is armed without who is innocent within, be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass.
The avarice person is ever in want; let your desired aim have a fixed limit.
To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.
Gold will be slave or master.
If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.
While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one.
What fugitive from his country can also escape from himself.
How great, my friends, is the virtue of living upon a little!
When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed.
We are often deterred from crime by the disgrace of others.
Live as brave men and face adversity with stout hearts.
Let your character be kept up the very end, just as it began, and so be consistent.
What do sad complaints avail if the offense is not cut down by punishment.
My liver swells with bile difficult to repress.
The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.
I shall strike the stars with my unlifted head.
He has half the deed done who has made a beginning
Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero
Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero
Labor diligently to increase your property.
You must often make erasures if you mean to write what is worthy of being read a second time; and don't labor for the admiration of the crowd, but be content with a few choice readers.
The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.
One gains universal applause who mingles the useful with the agreeable, at once delighting and instructing the reader.
Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.
Youth is unduly busy with pampering the outer person.
The poets aim is either to profit or to please, or to blend in one the delightful and the useful. Whatever the lesson you would convey, be brief, that your hearers may catch quickly what is said and faithfully retain it. Every superfluous word is spilled from the too-full memory.
Sweet and glorious it is to die for our country.