Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.
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- What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely.
- If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy.
- A collections of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.
- A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.
- If each one does their duty as an individual and if each one works in their own proper vocation, it will be right with the whole.
- No two men see the world exactly alike, and different temperaments will apply in different ways a principle that they both acknowledge. The same man will, indeed, often see and judge the same things differently on different occasions: early convictions must give way to more mature ones. Nevertheless, may not the opinions that a man holds and expresses withstand all trials, if he only remains true to himself and others?