Most men die at 25, we just don't bury them until they are 70.
That which hurts, also instructs.
Success is the residue of planning.
The man who does things makes mistakes, but he doesn't make the biggest mistake of all-doing nothing.
If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.
Most men die from the neck up at age twenty-five because they stop dreaming.
Thirteen virtues necessary for true success: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility.
Genius is the ability to hold one's vision steady until it becomes reality.
By improving yourself, the world is made better. Be not afraid of growing too slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.
I never knew a man who was good at making excuses who was good at anything else.
The man that walks wit crowd, will get no farther than the crowd. The man that walks alone, will reach places unknown.
Common sense without education, is better than education without common sense.
There are two ways to increase your wealth. Increase your means or decrease your wants. The best is to do both at the same time.
The world is run by the people who show up.
There are many roads to success, but only one sure road to failure; and that is to try to please everyone else.
Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords.
Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.
Life's Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
Common sense is something that everyone needs, few have, and none think they lack.
They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
In free governments the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors and sovereigns.
Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.
Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.
The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
Fart for freedom, fart for liberty--and fart proudly.
The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.
Whatever you become be good at it.
Security without liberty is called prison.
Little minds think and talk about people.
Average minds think and talk about things and actions.
Great minds think and talk about ideas.
Those who laugh often never grow old.
Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.
War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is.
Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.
Don't throw stones at your neighbors if your own windows are glass.
When in doubt, don't.
He who can have patience can have what he will.
If you want something done, ask a busy person.
It's the easiest thing in the world for a man to deceive himself.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that.
No gains without pains.
My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chid for my singularity.
Nothing is more fatal to health than an over care of it.
Lost Time is never found again.
He that cannot obey, cannot command.
Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.
Take one thing with another, and the world is a pretty good sort of a world, and it is our duty to make the best of it, and be thankful.
If you would reap Praise you must sow the Seeds, Gentle Words and useful Deeds.
Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.
Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.
Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.
Time is money.
Time is money, but also money is money.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The best doctors gives the least medicine.
He that can compose himself, is wiser than he that composes books.
Don't go to the doctor with every distemper, nor to the lawyer with every quarrel, nor to the pot for every thirst.
Diligence overcomes difficulties, sloth makes them.
To be content, look backward on those who possess less than yourself, not forward on those who possess more. If this does not make you content, you don't deserve to be happy.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.
Lovers, travellers, and poets will give money to be heard.
A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.
Let thy vices die before thee.
Great estates may venture more; little boats must keep near shore.
Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom -- and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.
They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.
There are no gains without pains.
Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.
The things which hurt, instruct.
I would rather have it said, He lived usefully, than, He died rich.
The second vice is lying, the first is running in debt.
Rather go to bed supperless, than rise in debt.
Women and wine, game and deceit, make the wealth small and the wants great.
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
The early morning has gold in its mouth.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Death takes no bribes.
Calamity and prosperity are the touchstones of integrity.
He that speaks much, is much mistaken.
Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.
A small leak can sink a great ship.
In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.
Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.
If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
Mine is better than ours.
Since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
Necessity never made a good bargain.
He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.
Those that won't be counseled can't be helped.
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.
The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.
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