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Temperance puts wood on the fire, meal in the barrel, flour in the tub, money in the purse, credit in the country, contentment in the house, clothes on the back, and vigor in the body.
That man alone loves himself rightly who procures the greatest possible good to himself through the whole of his existence and so pursues pleasure as not to give for it more than it is worth.
The ancients tell us what is best; but we must learn of the moderns what is fittest.
The best is the cheapest.
The doors of wisdom are never shut.
The early morning has gold in its mouth.
- [Early Rising]
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
The eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us.
The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said, and to answer to the purpose.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of the wise man is in his heart.
The heaviest debt is that of gratitude
When 'tis not in our power to repay it.
The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
The modest temple of wisdom.
The most trifling actions that affect a man's credit are to be regarded. The sound of your hammer at five in the morning or nine at night, heard by a creditor, makes him easy six months longer; but if he sees you at a billiard table, or hears your voice at a tavern, when you should be at work, he sends for his money the next day.
The riches of a country are to be valued by the quantity of labor its inhabitants are able to purchase, and not by the quantity of silver and gold they possess; which will purchase more or less labor, and therefore is more or less valuable, as is said before, according to its scarcity or plenty.
The rule is simple: Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy.
The sun of liberty is set; you must light up the candle of industry and economy.
- in correspondence [Liberty]
The taxes were indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly; and from these taxes the commissioners cannot ease or deliver us, by allowing an abatement.
The use of money is all the advantage there is in having money.
The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.
- [Industry : Wealth]
There are three faithful friends--an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
There is much money given to be laughed at, though the purchasers don't know it; witness A.'s fine horse, and B.'s fine house.
There is no little enemy.
There is none deceived but he that trusts.
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