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Fear nothing but what thine industry may prevent, and be confident of nothing but what fortune cannot defeat. - It is no less folly to fear what cannot be avoided than to be secure when there is a possibility of preventing.
[Fear]
 

Fear nothing but what thy industry may prevent; be confident of nothing but what fortune cannot defeat; it is no less folly to fear what is impossible to be avoided than to be secure when there is a possibility to be deprived.
 

Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God, if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor; I think not thou hast charity for thy neighbor, if thou wantest faith in God. - Where they are not both together, they are both wanting; they are both dead if once divided.
[Faith]
 

Give not thy tongue too great liberty, lest it take thee prisoner. A word unspoken is, like the sword in the scabbard, thine. If vented, thy sword is in another's hand. If thou desire to be held wise, be so wise as to hold thy tongue.
 

Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester.
 

Hath any wronged thee? Be bravely revenged. - Slight it, and the work is begun; forgive it, and it is finished. - He is below himself that is not above any injury.
[Forgiveness]
 

He repents on thorns that sleeps in beds of roses.
 

He that discovers himself till he hath made himself master of his desires, lays himself open to his own ruin, and makes himself a prisoner to his own tongue.
[Secrecy]
 

He that gives all, though but little gives much; because God looks not to the quantity of the gift, but to the quality of the givers.
[Generosity]
 

He that hath no cross deserves no crown.
[Adversity]
 

He that is a drunkard is qualified for all vice.
[Intemperance]
 

He that takes time to resolve, gives leisure to deny, and warning to prepare.
[Resolve]
 

Heaven finds an ear when sinners find a tongue.
 

Heaven is never deaf but when man's heart is dumb.
[Prayer]
 

I wish thee as much pleasure in the reading, as I had in the writing.
 

If any speak ill of thee, flee home to thine own conscience, and examine thine heart; if thou be guilty, it is a just correction; if not guilty, it is a fair instruction. Make use of both - so shalt thou distil honey out of gall, and out of an open enemy make a secret friend.
[Conscience]
 

If thou be strong enough to encounter with the times, keep thy station; if not, shift a foot to gain advantage of the times. He that acts a beggar to prevent a thief is never the poorer; it is a great part of wisdom sometimes to seem a fool.
[Policy]
 

If thou desire rest unto thy soul, be just. - He that doth no injury, fears not to suffer injury; the unjust mind is always in labor; it either practises the evil it hath projected, or projects to avoid the evil it hath deserved.
[Justice]
 

If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.
[Humility]
 

If thou desire to be held wise, be so wise as to hold thy tongue.
[Silence]
 


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