Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture.
While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin, the opportunity is lost.
Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.
Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.
Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly.
For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set.
He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil in that he lacks opportunity.
The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.
A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.
The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery.