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?
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.
It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.
Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.