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JOHN NEAL
American poet
(1793 - 1876)

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against and not with the wind. Even a head wind is better than none. No man ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm. Let no man wax pale, therefore, because of opposition.
      - [Opposition]

Drinking water neither makes a man sick, nor in debt, nor his wife a widow.
      - [Temperance]

Opposition is what we want and must have to be good for anything. Hardship is the native soil of manhood and self-reliance.
      - [Self-reliance]

Talk to the point, and stop when you have reached it. The faculty some possess of making one idea cover a quire of paper is not good for much. Be comprehensive in all you say or write. To fill a volume upon nothing is a credit to nobody; though Lord Chesterfield wrote a very clever poem upon nothing.
      - [Brevity]

The million covet wealth, but how few dream of its perils?
      - [Wealth]


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