It is a trite but true definition that examples work more forcibly on the mind than precepts.
There is nothing so useful to man in general, nor so beneficial to particular societies and individuals, as trade. This is that alma mater, at whose plentiful breast all mankind are nourished.
Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it, a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the later.
If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.
A truly elegant taste is generally accompanied with an excellency of heart.
In a debate, rather pull to pieces the argument of thy antagonist than offer him any of thy own; for thus thou wilt fight him in his own country.
The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best of hearts.
Let no man be sorry he has done good, because others have done evil! If a man has acted right, he has done well, though alone; if wrong, the sanction of all mankind will not justify him.
There is no zeal blinder than that which is inspired with a love of justice against offenders.