All confidence which is not absolute and entire, is dangerous. — There are few occasions but where a man ought either to say all, or conceal all; for, how little soever you have revealed of your secret to a friend, you have already said too much if you think it not safe to make him privy to all particulars.
Without emulation we sink into meanness, or mediocrity, for nothing great or excellent can be done without it.
Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning blood hound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock. — Abraham’s riches were the Philistines’ envy, and Jacob’s blessings had Esau’s hatred.
Calamity is man’s true touchstone.
If men wound you with injuries, meet them with patience: hasty words rankle the wound, soft language dresses it, forgiveness cures it, and oblivion takes away the scar. It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.
Topics: Forgiveness, Silence
The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much. He is not rich that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is not poor that enjoys little, but he that wants too much.
Topics: Appreciation, Blessings, Wealth, Gratitude
The greatest attribute of heaven is mercy.
Emulation is a noble passion. — It is enterprising, but just withal. — It keeps within the terms of honor, and makes the contest for glory just and generous; striving to excel, not by depressing others, but by raising itself.
Interest makes some people blind, and others quick-sighted.
Tell me not of the fire and the worm, and the blackness and darkness of hell. — To my terrified conscience there is hell enough in this representation of it, that it is the common sewer of all that is abominable and abandoned and reckless as to principle, and depraved as to morals, the one common eddy where all things that are polluted and wretched and filthy are gathered together.
The Arabians have a saying, that it is not good to jest with God, death, or the devil; for the first neither can nor will be mocked; the second mocks all men one time or another; and the third puts an eternal sarcasm on those that are too familiar with him.
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