A man without complaisance ought to have a great deal of merit in the room of it.

Our conversation should be such, that youth may therein find improvement, women modesty, the aged respect, and all men civility.

Vile and debauched expressions are the sure marks of an abject and groveling mind, and the filthy overflowings of a vicious heart.

Look around you with an attentive eye, and weigh characters well before you connect yourself with any who court your society.

As men of sense say a great deal in few words; so the half-witted have a talent of talk, ing much, and yet saying nothing.

To one you find full of questions, it is better to make no answer at all.

We sometimes meet with a frothy wit, who would rather lose his best friend, than his worst jest.

He can never speak well, that can never hold his tongue.

It is one thing to speak much, and another to speak pertinently, much tongue and much judgment seldom go together; for talking and thinking are two quite different facul ties; and there is commonly more depth, where there is least noise.

We must speak well, and act well. Brave actions are the substance of life, and good sayings the ornament of it.

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He that can reply calmly to a angry man, is too hard for him.

Some under a fool's cap, exercise a knáves wit: making a seeming simplicity the excuse of their impudence.

The greatest wisdom of speech, is to know when, and what, and where to speak; the time, matter, manner: the next to it is silence.

Words are the pledges and pictures of our thoughts; and therefore ought not to be ob scure and obsolete. Truth as Euripides says, loves plain language.

Some men love to talk in mystery, and take it for a mark of wisdom not to be understood.

He that reveals a secret, injures them to whom he tells it, as well as himself. The best maxim, concerning secrets, is neither to hear, nor to divulge them.

Metals are known by their weight, and men by their talk. Material gravity makes gold precious, and moral renders the man se

In heat of argument, men are commonly like those who are tied back to back; close joined, and yet they cannot see one another.

Familiar conversation ought to be the school of learning and good breeding.



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S to be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so, to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of a man.

Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverend than plausible, and more advised than confident; above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.

Justice, without mercy, is extreme injury; and it is as great tyranny, not to mitigate laws, as iniquity to break them. The extremity of right, is extremity of wrong.

Innocence is no protection against tyrannical power; for accusing is proving, where

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