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" You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back. "
" You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren. "
" 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. "
" We are just statistics, born to consume resources. "
" Words will not fail when the matter is well considered. "
" No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers. "
" Don't think, just do. "
" A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient. "
" What we learn only through the ears makes less impression upon our minds than what is presented to the trustworthy eye. "
" If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself. "
" You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all. "
" It is your concern when your neighbor's wall is on fire. "
" 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. "
" We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest. "
" I never think at all when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well. "
" Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings. "
" Subdue your passion or it will subdue you. "
" Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years at least. "
" Whatever advice you give, be short. "
" Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things. "
" Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even. "
" Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers. "
" Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself. "
" Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger. "
" 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. "
" The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain. "
" Make a good use of the present. "
" He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin. "
" Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment. "
" Anger is a short madness. "
" Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing. "