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Beware of fatiguing them by ill-judged exactness. If virtue offers itself to the child under a melancholy and constrained aspect, while liberty and license present themselves under an agreeable form, all is lost, and your labor is in vain.

    Topics: Children, Liberty

All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation.

    Topics: Contentment

Mankind, by the perverse depravity of their nature, esteem that which they have most desired as of no value the moment it is possessed, and torment themselves with fruitless wishes for that which is beyond their reach.

    Topics: Contentment

To be content with even the best people, we must be contented with little and bear a great deal. Those who are most perfect have many imperfections, and we have great faults; between the two, mutual toleration becomes very difficult.

    Topics: Contentment, Tolerance

Courage is a virtue only so far as it is directed by prudence.

    Topics: Courage

The voluptuous and effeminate are never brave; they have no courage in time of danger.

    Topics: Courage

Our piety must be weak and imperfect if it do not conquer the fear of death.

    Topics: Death, Piety

Never let us be discouraged with ourselves. It is not when we are conscious of our faults that we are the most wicked; on the contrary, we are less so. We see by a brighter light; and let us remember for our consolation, that we never perceive our sins till we begin to cure them.

    Topics: Discouragement, Light

In the light of eternity we shall see that what we desired would have been fatal to us, and that what we would have avoided was essential to our well-being.

    Topics: Eternity

I love my country better than my family; but I love humanity better than my country.

    Topics: Family, Love

The passion of acquiring riches in order to support a vain expense, corrupts the purest souls.

    Topics: Finances

Make not a bosom friend of a melancholy, sad soul. He will be sure to aggravate thine adversity and to lessen thy prosperity. He goes always heavily loaded, and thou must bear half.

    Topics: Friendship, Prosperity

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