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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
  A brave man is clear in his discourse, and keeps close to truth.  1
  A king rules as he ought, a tyrant as he lists; a king to the profit of all, a tyrant only to please a few.  2
  A true friend is one soul in two bodies.  3
  All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature.  4
  All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.  5
  As often as we do good, we offer sacrifice to God.  6
  Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.  7
  Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come.  8
  Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in deserving them.  9
  For his friend is another self.  10
  For imitation is natural to man from his infancy. Man differs from other animals particularly in this, that he is imitative, and acquires his rudiments of knowledge in this way; besides, the delight in it is universal.  11
  Friends are much better tried in bad fortune than in good.  12
  Friendship is communion.  13
  Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.  14
  He who hath many friends, hath none.  15
  It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.  16
  It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws.  17
  It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.  18
  Man is the metre of all things, the hand is the instrument of instruments, and the mind is the form of forms.  19
  Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law and without justice. If he finds himself an individual who cannot live in society, or who pretends he has need of only his own resources, do not consider him as a member of humanity; he is a savage beast or a god.  20
  My friends! There are no friends!  21
  No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.  22
  No one loves the man whom he fears.  23
  Some men are so covetous, as if they were to live forever; and others so profuse, as if they were to die the next moment.  24
  Suffering becomes beautiful when any one bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility, but through greatness of mind.  25
  The best things are placed between extremes.  26
  The end of labor is to gain leisure. It is a great saying.  27
  The one exclusive sign of a thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.  28
  The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.  29
  There must be in prudence also some master virtue.  30
  Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.  31
  Time past, even God is deprived of the power of recalling.  32
  To become an able man in any profession, there are three things necessary,—nature, study, and practice.  33
  To die, and thus avoid poverty or love, or anything painful, is not the part of a brave man, but rather of a coward; for it is cowardice to avoid trouble, and the suicide does not undergo death because it is honorable, but in order to avoid evil.  34
  Well does Agathon say: “Of this alone is even God deprived—the power of making that which is past never to have been.”  35
  Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and consequently imperishable.  36

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