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" 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. "
" Few cross the river of time and are able to reach non-being. Most of them run up and down only on this side of the river. But those who when they know the law follow the path of the law, they shall reach the other shore and go beyond the realm of death. "
" You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back. "
" Poets wish to profit or to please. "
" Fidelity is the sister of justice. "
" The foolish are like ripples on water, For whatsoever they do is quickly effaced; But the righteous are like carvings upon stone, For their smallest act is durable. "
" Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work. "
" O imitators, you slavish herd! "
" Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain. "
" Life is largely a matter of expectation. "
" 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. "
" Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow. "
" I teach that all men are mad. "
" Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them? "
" It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit. "
" Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious. "
" No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water. "
" 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. "
" It is your business when the wall next door catches fire. "
" A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius. "
" Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things. "
" No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers. "
" Knowledge without education is but armed injustice. "
" Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing. "
" Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment. "
" Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. "
" When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed. "
" We are just statistics, born to consume resources. "
" Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings. "
" I never think at all when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well. "
" He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful. "