Do not carry a spirit of contradiction, for it is to be freighted with stupidity and with peevishness, and your intelligence should plot against it though it may well be the mark of mental genius to see objection, a wrangler about everything cannot
Yes and No are soon said, but give much to think over
One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come to the ground
A single lie destroys a whole reputation for integrity
At twenty the will rules, At thirty the intellect, At forty the judgment
Work is the price which is paid for reputation.
Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.
Fortune pays you sometimes for the intensity of her favors by the shortness of their duration. She soon tires of carrying any one long on her shoulders.
At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.
It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.
It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.
A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.
At 20 a man is a peacock, at 30 a lion, at 40 a camel, at 50 a serpent, at 60 a dog, at 70 an ape, and at 80 nothing.
Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.
He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.
Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check.
To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.
He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.
There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.
Time and I against any two
God Himself chasteneth not with a rod but with time.
It is a great deed to leave nothing for tomorrow.
It requires as much caution to tell the truth as to conceal it.
Truth always lags last, limping along on the arm of Time
Sometimes it proves the highest understanding not to understand