|C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.|
| Good maxims are the germs of all excellence.|
| Strongly stamped, medallion-like sayings.|
| Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.|
| Axioms are delightful in theory, but impossible in practice.|
| Maxims are the condensed good sense of nations.|
Sir J. Mackintosh.
| Maxims are often quoted by those who stand in more need of their application.|
| A maxim is like the seed of a plant, which the soul it is thrown into must expand into leaves and flowers and fruit.|
Mme. de Sartory.
| Maxims are to the intellect what laws are to actions; they do not enlighten, but they guide and direct, and, although themselves blind, are protective.|
| I am of opinion that there is no proverb which is not true, because they are all sentences drawn from experience itself, the mother of all the sciences.|
| A maxim is a conclusion upon observation of matters of fact, and is merely speculative; a principle carries knowledge within itself, and is prospective.|