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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
  A bad heart, bad designs.  1
  A word to the wise is sufficient.  2
  Abundance changes the value of things.  3
  All men wear a disguised habit.  4
  All persons as they become less prosperous, are the more suspicious. They take everything as an affront; and from their conscious weakness, presume that they are neglected.  5
  All these inconveniences are incidents to love: reproaches, jealousies, quarrels, reconcilements, war, and then peace.  6
  As each one wishes his children to be so they are.  7
  As many men, so many opinions.  8
  As you can not do what you wish, you should wish what you can do.  9
  By great efforts obtain great trifles.  10
  Do not do what is already done.  11
  Do you fear to trust the word of a man whose honesty you have seen in business?  12
  Each one wishes for his own advantage, rather than that of others.  13
  For he who has acquired the habit of lying or deceiving his father, will do the same with less remorse to others. I believe that it is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect, and by gentleness, than by fear.  14
  Fortune favors the brave.  15
  From others’ slips some profit from one’s self to gain.  16
  Gentleness and affability conquer at last.  17
  Have you so much leisure from your own business that you can take care of other people’s that does not at all belong to you?  18
  He need not go away from home for instruction.  19
  He who indulges in liberty of speech will hear things in return which he will not like.  20
  How many unjust and wicked things are done from mere habit.  21
  How often events, by chance and unexpectedly, come to pass, which you had not dared even to hope for!  22
  Human nature is so constituted that all see and judge better in the affairs of other men than in their own.  23
  I am a man; I count nothing human foreign to me.  24
  I hold this to be the rule of life, “Too much of anything is bad.”  25
  I know the nature of women. When you will, they will not; when you will not, they come of their own accord.  26
  I perceive that the things that we do are silly; but what can one do? According to men’s habits and dispositions, so one must yield to them.  27
  I take it to be a principal rule of life, not to be too much addicted to any one thing.  28
  It becomes a wise man to try negotiation before arms.  29
  It is a great error, in my opinion, to believe that a government is more firm or assured when it is supported by force, than when founded on affection.  30
  It is better to keep children to their duty by a sense of honor and by kindness than by fear.  31
  It is possible that a man can be so changed by love that one could not recognize him to be the same person.  32
  It is to be believed or told that there is such malice in men as to rejoice in misfortunes, and from another’s woes to draw delight.  33
  My advice is to consult the lives of other men as we would a looking-glass, and from thence fetch examples for our own imitation.  34
  No free man will ask as favor, what be cannot claim as reward.  35
  No man was ever endowed with a judgment so correct and judicious, in regulating his life, but that circumstances, time and experience would teach him something new, and apprize him that of those things with which he thought himself the best acquainted he knew nothing; and that those ideas which in theory appeared the most advantageous were found, when brought into practice, to be altogether inapplicable.  36
  Of all mankind each loves himself the best.  37
  Quarrels of lovers renew their love.  38
  That is to be wise to see not merely that which lies before your feet, but to foresee even those things which are in the womb of futurity.  39
  The strictest laws sometimes become the severest injustice.  40
  There is a demand in these days for men who can make wrong conduct appear right.  41
  They who love dancing too much seem to have more brains in their feet than their head, and think to play the fool with reason.  42
  To despise money on some occasions is a very great gain.  43
  We all, when we are well, give good advice to the sick.  44
  When the mind is in a state of uncertainty the smallest impulse directs it to either side.  45
  When two persons do the self-same thing, it oftentimes falls out that in the one it is criminal, in the other it is not so; not that the thing itself is different, but he who does it.  46
  When we cannot act as we wish, we must act as we can.  47
  Wisdom consists not in seeing what is directly before us, but in discerning those things which may come to pass.  48
  You believe that easily which you hope for earnestly.  49

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