1. 10

    Besides, it happens (how, I cannot tell) that an idea launched like a javelin in proverbial form strikes with sharper point on the hearer's mind and leaves implanted barbs for meditation.

    53
  2. 9

    Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.

    55
  3. 8

    It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.

    58
  4. 7

    Read first the best books. The important thing for you is not how much you know, but the quality of what you know.

    63
  5. 6

    Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.

    63
  6. 5

    By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.

    69
  7. 4

    A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.

    87
  8. 3

    Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

    89
  9. 2

    I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree. A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is called insane because this happens to very few people.

    90
  10. 1

    The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.

    124
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