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Dewdrops of Wisdom

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Dewdrops of Wisdom

  • To be angry is to punish ourselves for the fault of another.

  • It is more difficult to conceal the sensations we have, than to feign those we have not.

  • Favorites – persons undervalued by the many because they are overvalued by one.

  • Nothing is more common to try to reconcile our conscience to our evil thoughts by our good actions.

  • Philosophy, like medicine, has abundance of drugs, few good remedies, and scarcely any specifics.

  • Duelist – a moral coward seeking to hide the pusillanimity of his mind, by affecting a corporeal courage.

  • The greatest pleasure of life is love; the greatest treasure is contentment; the greatest possession, health; the greatest ease, sleep; and the best medicine, a true friend.

  • As they who, for the first slight infirmity take physic to repair their health, do rather impair it; so they who, for every trifle, are eager to vindicate their character, do rather weaken it.

  • Knowledge will not be acquired without pains and application. It is troublesome and deep digging for pure waters; but when once you come to the spring, they rise up and meet you.

  • Love is the shadow of the morning, which decreases as the day advances. Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which strengthens with the setting sun of life.

  • The hearts of boys resemble blades of straw hanging upon the bushes, and the beauty of the girls, the wind which carries them all in its train.

  • Those who are incapable of shining but by dress, would do well to consider that the contrast betwixt them and their clothes turns out much to their disadvantage.

  • Words are powerful things – words are weapons – are health and strength – life and death to the body and the soul – see that man about to step a great pit – he hears the word beware, he stops, and is safe – the simple pass on and are punished.

  • The Jewish Chronicle quotes a beautiful apothegm from a Talmudical philosopher: `The noblest charity is to prevent a man from accepting charity; and the best alms are to show and enable a man to despise and dispense with alms.

  • Though we may have a hard pillow, yet it is only sin can plant a thorn in it – and even though it may be hard and lonely, yet we may have sweet sleep and glorious visions upon it. It was when Jacob was lying on a stone for a pillow, that he had glorious visions of the ladder reaching to heaven.