To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.
To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.
Begin with another’s to end with your own.
Evil report carries further than any applause.
A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
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.
Have friends. ‘Tis a second existence.
I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
To be at ease is better than to be at business. Nothing really belongs to us but time, which even he has who has nothing else.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.
Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.
When desire dies, fear is born.