A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.
It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a boy’s mind from effort.
While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.
Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.
Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture.
It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate.
The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.
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.
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 gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor.
Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory.
The perfection of art is to conceal art.
When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.