The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.
To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation.
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.
Rogues differ little. Each begun first as a disobedient son.
Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.
Think of your own faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and of the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.
There are two perfectly good men; one dead, and the other unborn.
Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.
A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home.
Going to law is losing a cow for the sake of a cat.
Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes silk.
To trust one's own righteousness, is like seeking shelter under one's own shadow.—We may stoop to the ground, and the lower we bend, the shadow is beneath us still.—But if we flee to the shadow of a great rock, or a wide-spreading tree, then we find shelter from the noon-day sun.
Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.