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" It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity. "
" For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set. "
" Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire. "
" When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield. "
" The pretended admission of a fault on our part creates an excellent impression. "
" For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay, void of all reason, rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor. "
" Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake. "
" The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body. "
" Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly. "
" To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination. "
" He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil in that he lacks opportunity. "
" We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide. "
" A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue. "
" It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate. "
" The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice. "
" A liar should have a good memory. "
" Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite. "
" Verse satire indeed is entirely our own. "
" While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin, the opportunity is lost. "
" It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a boy's mind from effort. "
" Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be. "
" Without natural gifts technical rules are useless. "
" While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it. "
" It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory. "
" It is much easier to try one's hand at many things than to concentrate one's powers on one thing. "
" Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it. "
" God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech. "
" The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery. "
" Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture. "
" Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish. "
" A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much. "