But as to a Model Republic, or a model anything, the wise among themselves know too well that there is nothing to be said… Their constitution, such as it may be, was made here, not there… Cease to brag to me of America, an its model institutions and constitutions.
When I cannot brag about knowing something, I brag about not knowing it.
To brag little – to show well – to crow gently, if in luck – to pay up, to own up, and to shut up, if beaten, are the virtues of a sporting man.
Mere vapouring and boasting become a nation as little as a man.
When you talk to the half-wise, twaddle; when you talk to the ignorant, brag; when you talk to the sagacious, look very humble and ask their opinion.
When a man boasts about what he’ll do tomorrow we like to find out what he did yesterday.
They who boast most, generally fail most, for deeds are silent.
He who prides himself upon wealth and honor hastens his own downfall.
Put up, or shut up.
Thunder clouds do not always give rain.