Neatness begets order; but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship.— Johann Kaspar Lavater
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You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are decidedly bad.
The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.
What knowledge is there of which man is capable that is not founded on the exterior,--the relation that exists between visible and invisible, the perceptible and the imperceptible?
You can depend on no man, on no friend, but him who can depend on himself.
Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.
Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.
Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.
Be certain that he who has betrayed thee once will betray thee again.
Sensibility is the power of woman.
The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time.
There are no friends more inseparable than pride and hardness of heart, humility and love, falsehood and impudence.
Don't speak evil of someone if you don't know for certain, and if you do know ask yourself, why am I telling it?
If you wish to appear agreeable in society, you must consent to be taught many things which you know already.
Intuition is the clear concept of the whole at once.
He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.
Mistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil and still more the man who is indifferent to everything.
What is the elevation of the soul? A prompt, delicate, certain feeling for all that is beautiful, all that is grand; a quick resolution to do the greatest good by the smallest means; a great benevolence joined to a great strength and great humility.
Depend on no man, on no friend but him who can depend on himself.
He only who acts conscientiously toward himself, will act so toward others.
Never say you know a man until you have divided an inheritance with him.
How few our real wants, and how vast our imaginary ones!
Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once.
Stubbornness is the strength of the weak.
Trust him little who praise all, him less who censures all and him least who is indifferent about all.
To know yourself you have only to set down a true statement of those that ever loved or hated you.
Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him.
There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character.
Some announce goodness and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.
Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed; nature never pretends.
Malice is poisoned by her own venom.
Who, in the midst of just provocation to anger, instantly finds the fit word which settles all around him in silence is more than wise or just; he is, were he a beggar, of more than royal blood, he is of celestial descent.
Strange that cowards cannot see that their greatest safety lies in dauntless courage.
Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character.
The cruelty of the effeminate is more dreadful than that or the hardy.
If you see one cold and vehement at the same time, set him down for a fanatic.
Softness of smile indicates softness of character.
Be not the fourth friend of him who had three before and lost them.
Truth, wisdom, love, seek reasons; malice only seeks causes.
The more any one speaks of himself, the less he likes to hear another talked of.
He who is passionate and hasty is generally honest.
It is your cool, dissembling hypocrite of whom you should beware.
He knows not how to speak who cannot be silent;
still less how to act with vigour and decision. - Who hastens to the end is silent: loudness is impotence.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
The mingled incentives which lead to action are often too subtle and lie too deep for us to analyze.
The great rule of moral conduct is next to God, respect time.
He who sedulously attends, pointedly asks, calmly speaks, coolly answers and ceases when he has no more to say is in possession of some of the best requisites of man
Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.
Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action for all eternity.
The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers.
It is possible that a wise and good man may be prevailed on to game;
but it is impossi∣ble that a professed gamester should be a wise and good man.
She whom smiles and tears make equally lovely may command all hearts.