To succeed in the other trades, capacity must be shown; in the law, concealment of it will do.
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- Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
- The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.
- By law of periodical repetition, everything which has happened once must happen again and again — and not capriciously, but at regular periods, and each thing in its own period, not another’s and each obeying its own law.
- A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law.