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For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set.

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Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune.

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   Future
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Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.

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   Ambition
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It is much easier to try one's hand at many things than to concentrate one's powers on one thing.

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It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity.

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   Maturity
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To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination.

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When we cannot hope to win, it is an advantage to yield.

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   Hope
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A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.

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Without natural gifts technical rules are useless.

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   Rules
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The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery.

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   Right
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Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.

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   End
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God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech.

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   Nature
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To swear, except when necessary, is becoming to an honorable man.

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   Man
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Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.

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   Dreams
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Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended.

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The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.

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   Nature
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He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil in that he lacks opportunity.

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Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.

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   Ambition
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When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.

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   Wisdom
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Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture.

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Quintilian

   Work