The great art of giving consists in this the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated.
Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.
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.
Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.
Friendship multiplies the good in life and divides the evil.
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
All that really belongs to us is time even he who has nothing else has that.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.
It is impossible to live without brains, either one's own or borrowed.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
At 20 a man is a peacock, at 30 a lion, at 40 a camel, at 50 a serpent, at 60 a dog, at 70 an ape, and at 80 nothing.
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.