Vice and Virtue
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Forget and forgive. This is not difficult when properly understood. It means forget inconvenient duties, then forgive yourself for forgetting. By rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy.
Be good and you will be lonesome.
Always tell the truth. That way, you don't have to remember what you said.
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
If only bad habits could be broken as easily as hearts!
The more debauched one becomes, the more one's fantasies revolve around chastity.
Alas, fortune does not change men; it unmasks them.
When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings.
I should not talk so much about myself were there anybody else whom I knew as well.
He that is proud eats up himself; pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle.
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well dance with it.
I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
A reasonable man adapts himself to suit his environment. An unreasonable man persists in attempting to adapt his environment to suit himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.