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    Aphorism #96 The highest Discretion.

    Aphorism #96 The highest Discretion.

    It is the throne of reason, the foundation ofprudence: by its means success is gained at little cost. It is a gift from above, and should be prayed for as the...
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    Aphorism #85 Do not play Manille.

    Aphorism #85 Do not play Manille.

    It is a fault of excellence that being so much in use it is liable to abuse. Because all covet it, all are vexed by it. It is a great misfortune to be of use to...
  3. Aphorism #83 Allow Yourself some venial Fault.

    Aphorism #83 Allow Yourself some venial Fault.

    Some such carelessness is often the greatest recommendation of talent. For envy exercises ostracism, most envenomed when most polite, It counts it to...
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    Aphorism #79 A Genial Disposition

    Aphorism #79 A Genial Disposition

    If with moderation ’tis an accomplishment, not a defect. A grain of gaiety seasons all. The greatest men join in the fun at times, and it makes them liked by...
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    Aphorism #74 Do not be Unsociable.

    Aphorism #74 Do not be Unsociable.

    The truest wild beasts live in the most populous places. To be inaccessible is the fault of those who distrust themselves, whose honours change their manners. It...
  6. Aphorism #68 It is better to help with Intelligence than with Memory.

    Aphorism #68 It is better to help with Intelligence than with Memory.

    The more as the latter needs only recollection, the former νοῦς. Many persons omit the * propos because it does not...
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    Aphorism #65 Elevated Taste.

    Aphorism #65 Elevated Taste.

    You can train it like the intellect. Fullknowledge whets desire and increases enjoyment. You may know a noble spirit by the elevation of his taste: it must be a great...
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    Aphorism #64 Avoid Worry.

    Aphorism #64 Avoid Worry.

    Such prudence brings its own reward. It escapes much, and is thus the midwife of comfort and so of happiness. Neither give nor take bad news unless it can help. Some...
  9. Aphorism #63 To he the First of the Kind is an Excellence,

    Aphorism #63 To he the First of the Kind is an Excellence,

    and to be eminent in it as well, a double one. To have the first move is a great ad-vantage when the players are equal. Many a man would...
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    Aphorism #62 Use good Instruments.

    Aphorism #62 Use good Instruments.

    Some would have the subtlety of their wits proven by the meanness of their instruments. ’Tis a dangerous satisfaction, and deserves a fatal punishment. The...
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    Aphorism #59 Finish off well.

    Aphorism #59 Finish off well.

    In the house of Fortune, if you enter by the gate of pleasure you must leave by that of sorrow and vice versâ. You ought therefore to think of the finish, and attach...
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    Aphorism #44 Sympathy with great Minds.

    Aphorism #44 Sympathy with great Minds.

    It is an heroic quality to agree with heroes. ’Tis like a miracle of nature for mystery and for use. There is a natural kinship of hearts and minds: its...
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    Aphorism #29 A Man of Rectitude

    Aphorism #29 A Man of Rectitude

    clings to the sect of right with such tenacity of purpose that neither the passions of the mob nor the violence of the tyrant can ever cause him to transgress the...
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    Aphorism #16 Knowledge and Good Intentions

    Aphorism #16 Knowledge and Good Intentions

    together ensure continuance of success. A fine intellect wedded to a wicked will was always an unnatural monster. A wicked will envenoms all excellences:...
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    Aphorism #15 Keep Ministering Spirits.

    Aphorism #15 Keep Ministering Spirits.

    It is a privilege of the mighty to surround themselves with the champions of intellect; these extricate them from every fear of ignorance, these worry out...
  16. Aphorism #9 Avoid the Faults of your Nation.

    Aphorism #9 Avoid the Faults of your Nation.

    Water shares the good or bad qualities of the strata through which it flows, and man those of the climate in which he is born. Some owe more than...
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    Aphorism #298 Three Things go to a Prodigy.

    Aphorism #298 Three Things go to a Prodigy.

    They are the choicest gifts of Heaven's prodigality--a fertile genius, a profound intellect, a pleasant and refined taste. To think well is good, to...
  18. Aphorism #290 ’Tis a piece of good Fortune to combine Men's Love and Respect.

    Aphorism #290 ’Tis a piece of good Fortune to combine Men's Love and Respect.

    Generally one dare not be liked if one would be respected. Love is more sensitive than hate. Love and honour do not...
  19. Aphorism #203 Know the great Men of your Age.

    Aphorism #203 Know the great Men of your Age.

    They are not many. There is one Phœnix in the whole world, one great general, one perfect orator, one true philosopher in a century, a really...
  20. Aphorism #181 The Truth, but not the whole Truth.

    Aphorism #181 The Truth, but not the whole Truth.

    Nothing demands more caution than the truth: ’tis the lancet of the heart. It requires as much to tell the truth as to conceal it. A single lie...
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    Aphorism #175 A Solid Man.

    Aphorism #175 A Solid Man.

    One who is finds no satisfaction in those that are not. ’Tis a pitiable eminence that is not well founded. Not all are men that seem to be so. Some are sources of...
  22. Aphorism #163 Never, from Sympathy with the Unfortunate, involve Yourself in his Fat

    Aphorism #163 Never, from Sympathy with the Unfortunate, involve Yourself in his Fat

    One man's misfortune is another man's luck,for one cannot be lucky without many being unlucky. It is a...
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    Aphorism #161 Know your pet Faults.

    Aphorism #161 Know your pet Faults.

    The most perfect of men has them, and is either wedded to them or has illicit relations with them. They are often faults of intellect, and the greater this is,...
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    Aphorism #158 Make use of your Friends.

    Aphorism #158 Make use of your Friends.

    This requires all the art of discretion. Some are good afar off, some when near. Many are no good at conversation but excellent as correspondents, for...
  25. Aphorism #142 Never from Obstinacy take the Wrong Side because your Opponent has ant

    Aphorism #142 Never from Obstinacy take the Wrong Side because your Opponent has ant

    You begin the fight already beaten and must soon take to flight in disgrace. With bad weapons one can never...
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