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  • “Truth is the mother of hatred.”
  • “Begin—to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this and thou wilt have finished.”
  • Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
  • Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.
  • When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
  • If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond.
  • No man pleases by silence; many I please by speaking briefly.
  • If you are a terror to many, then beware of many.
  • He who does not know how to be silent will not know how to speak.
  • Things that we hear pass quicker from our minds than what we read.
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