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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  He that does not know those things which are of use and necessity for him to know, is but an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides.  1
  Integrity gains strength by use.  2
  Integrity is the shortest and nearest way to our end, carrying us thither in a straight line, and will hold out and last longest.  3
  Philosophy has given several plausible rules for attaining peace and tranquillity, but they fall very much short of bringing men to it.  4
  Religion gives part of its reward in hand, the present comfort of having done our duty; and for the rest, it offers us the best security that heaven can give.  5
  Sincerity is true wisdom.  6
  The arts of deceit and cunning do continually grow weaker, and less effectual and serviceable to them that use them.  7
  The covetous man heaps up riches, not to enjoy them, but to have them.  8
  The crafty man is always in danger; and when he thinks he walks in the dark, all his pretences are so transparent, that he that runs may read them.  9
  There is no surer argument of a weak mind than irresolution.  10
  Those who are bent to do wickedly will never want tempters to urge them on.  11
  Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out; it is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware.  12
  Truth is the shortest and nearest way to our end, carrying us thither in a straight line.  13
  When a man has once forfeited the reputation of his integrity, he is set fast; and nothing will then serve his turn, neither truth nor falsehood.  14
  Where truth is not at the bottom. Nature will always be endeavouring to return, and will out and betray herself one time or other.  15
  Whether religion be true or false, it must be necessarily granted to be the only wise principle and safe hypothesis for a man to live and die by.  16
  Wickedness is voluntary frenzy, and every sinner does more extravagant things than any man that is crazed and out of his wits, only that he knows better what he does.  17
  Zeal is fit for wise men, but flourishes chiefly among fools.  18

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