Lacon / Many Things in Few Words
- The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.
- To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
- Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.
- Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones
- Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase
- If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself ~ all that runs over will be yours.
- The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flam
- Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds.
- Men spend their lives in anticipations,—in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other—it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
- Men are born with two eyes but only one tongue in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
- Liberty will not descend to a people. A people must raise themselves to liberty. It is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.
- Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.