Turn on the prudent ant thy heedful eyes. Observe her labors, sluggard, and be wise.
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- One cause, which is not always observed, of the insufficiency of riches, is that they very seldom make their owner rich.
- That observation which is called knowledge of the world will be found much more frequently to make men cunning than good.
- I know not anything more pleasant, or more instructive, than to compare experience with expectation, or to register from time to time the difference between idea and reality. It is by this kind of observation that we grow daily less liable to be disappointed.
- Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help? The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labors, had it been early, had been kind; but it has been delayed till I am indifferent, and cannot enjoy it; till I am solitary, and cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it.
- Labor, if it were not necessary for existence, would be indispensable for the happiness of man.
- Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.