1. 10

    A liar should have a good memory.

  2. 9

    Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.

  3. 8

    God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech.

  4. 7

    Study depends on the goodwill of the student, a quality that cannot be secured by compulsion.

  5. 6

    An evil-speaker differs from an evil-doer only in the want of opportunity.

  6. 5

    A mediocre speech supported by all the power of delivery will be more impressive than the best speech unaccompanied by such power.

  7. 4

    One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.

  8. 3

    We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.

  9. 2

    Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.

  10. 1

    Give me the boy who rouses when he is praised, who profits when he is encouraged and who cries when he is defeated. Such a boy will be fired by ambition; he will be stung by reproach, and animated by preference; never shall I apprehend any bad consequences from idleness in such a boy.

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