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In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
That which prematurely arrives at perfection soon perishes.
Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.
Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire.
Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture.
Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
Without natural gifts technical rules are useless.
A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.
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 laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.
When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.
The perfection of art is to conceal art.
It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate.
The pretended admission of a fault on our part creates an excellent impression.
It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory.
While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin, the opportunity is lost.
Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.
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…
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