I am very sure that any man of common understanding may, by culture, care, attention, and labor, make himself what- ever he pleases, except a great poet.
Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any visible reason.
Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is about is too big for him.
Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.
Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
Remember, as long as you live, that nothing but strict truth can carry you through the world, with either your conscience or your honor unwounded.
Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.