Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.
Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.
Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.
We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.
It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.
You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.