Extended empires are like expanded gold, exchanging solid strength for feeble splendor.
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- When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
- Piety practiced in solitude, like the flower that blooms in the desert, may give its fragrance to the winds of heaven, and delight those unbodied spirits that survey the works of God and the actions of men; but it bestows no assistance upon earthly beings, and however free from taints of impurity, yet wants the sacred splendor of beneficence.
- Poverty is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the task of many people to conceal their neediness from others. Consequently they support themselves by temporary means, and everyday is lost in contriving for tomorrow.
- Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.
- If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
- Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.