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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
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  Children are very nice observers, and they will often perceive your slightest defects.  1
  Little opportunities should be improved.  2
  Make not a bosom friend of a melancholy sad soul…. He goes always heavy-loaded, and thou must bear half.  3
  Many people are sincere without being simple. They do not wish to be taken for other than they are; and they always fear lest they should be taken for what they are not.  4
  Most men I ask little from; I try to render them much, and to expect nothing in return, and I get very well out of the bargain.  5
  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.  6
  Real friends are our greatest joy and our greatest sorrow.  7
  Simplicity is the straightforwardness of a soul which refuses to reflect on itself or its deeds. Many are sincere without being simple; they do not wish to be taken for other than they are, but they are always afraid of being taken for what they are not.  8
  Sordid and infamous sensuality, the most dreadful of the evils that issued from the box of Pandora, corrupts every heart and eradicates every virtue.  9
  We must avoid fastidiousness; neatness, when it is moderate, is a virtue; but when it is carried to an extreme, it narrows the mind.  10
 
 
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