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    If our eloquence be directed above the heads of our hearers, we shall do no execution. By pointing our arguments low, we stand a chance of hitting their hearts as well as their heads. In addressing angels, we could hardly raise our eloquence too high; but we must remember that men are not angels.

    48
  2. 9

    Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.

    49
  3. 8

    Let those who would affect singularity with success first determine to be very virtuous, and they will be sure to be very singular.

    50
  4. 7

    None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them; such persons covet secrets as a spendthrift covets money, for the purpose of circulation.

    58
  5. 6

    Genius, when employed in works whose tendency it is to demoralize and to degrade us, should be contemplated with abhorrence rather than with admiration; such a monument of its power, may indeed be stamped with immortality, but like the Coliseum at Rome, we deplore its magnificence because we detest the purposes for which it was designed.

    62
  6. 5

    A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition.

    66
  7. 4

    The art of declamation has been sinking in value from the moment that speakers were foolish enough to publish, and hearers wise enough to read.

    72
  8. 3

    The soundest argument will produce no more conviction in an empty head than the most superficial declamation; as a feather and a guinea fall with equal velocity in a vacuum.

    95
  9. 2

    Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never.

    117
  10. 1

    True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.

    141
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