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MAXIMS
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Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.
      - Abd-el-Kader (Kadir)

To appreciate and use correctly a valuable maxim requires a genius; a vital appropriating exercise of mind closely allied to that which first created it.
      - William R. Alger

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
      - Aristotle

I am of opinion that there is no proverb which is not true, because they are all sentences drawn from experience itself, the mother of all the sciences.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

A maxim is a conclusion upon observation of matters of fact, and is merely speculative; a "principle" carries knowledge within itself, and is prospective.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Maxims are often quoted by those who stand in more need of their application.
      - James Ellis

Strongly stamped, medallion-like sayings.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good maxims are the germs of all excellence.
      - Joseph Joubert

Maxims are to the intellect what laws are to actions; they do not enlighten, but they guide and direct, and, although themselves blind, are protective.
      - Joseph Joubert

Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

When in doubt, leave it out.
      - Proverb

Axioms are delightful in theory, but impossible in practice.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

A maxim is like the seed of a plants which the soul it is thrown into must expand into leaves and flowers and fruit.
      - Mme. (de Wimpffen) de Sartory


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