If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdom of Europe, were laid at my feet in exchange for my love of reading, I would spurn them all.
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- Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul. They always are heavily loaded, and you must bear half.
- Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others, as, by self-examination, thoroughly to know our own.
- Children are excellent observers, and will often perceive your slightest defects. In general, those who govern children, forgive nothing in them, but everything in themselves.
- Little opportunities should be improved.
- Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others.
- The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.