Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.
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- Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.
- Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience. You will find it a calamity.
- Small debts are like small gun shot; they are rattling around us on all sides and one can scarcely escape being wounded. Large debts are like canons, they produce a loud noise, but are of little danger.
- Do not discourage your children from hoarding, if they have a taste to it; whoever lays up his penny rather than part with it for a cake, at least is not the slave of gross appetite; and shows besides a preference always to be esteemed, of the future to the present moment.
- Hunger is never delicate; they who are seldom gorged to the full with praise may be safely fed with gross compliments, for the appetite must be satisfied before it is disgusted.
- The highest panegyric, therefore, that private virtue can receive, is the praise of servants.