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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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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.
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.