1. 10

    A liar should have a good memory.

    9
  2. 9

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

    10
  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.

    11
  4. 7

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

    13
  5. 6

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

    13
  6. 5

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

    14
  7. 4

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

    15
  8. 3

    We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.

    20
  9. 2

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

    48
  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.

    49
  11. Last Update: 5 February 2023

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