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"For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity."
Death

"Let the people think they govern and they will be governed."
Government

"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."

"O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand."

"True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment."

"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."
Time

"Method goes far to prevent trouble in business: for it makes the task easy, hinders confusion, saves abundance of time, and instructs those that have business depending, both what to do and what to hope."
Business

"Far too many executives have become more concerned with the "four P's" - pay, perks, power and prestige - rather than making profits for shareholders."

"Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Moms. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own."

"Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains."

"Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers."

"No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory, no glory; no cross, no crown."

"All excess is ill, but drunkenness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and mad. He that is drunk is not a man, because he is, for so long, void of reason that distinguishes a man from a beast."

"A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably."

"Force may make hypocrites, but it can never make converts."

"Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love. Authority is for children and servants, yet not without sweetness."

"Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world."

"To be a man's own fool is bad enough, but the vain man is everybody's."

"If thou wouldn't conquer thy weakness thou must not gratify it."

"The tallest Trees are most in the Power of the Winds, and Ambitious Men of the Blasts of Fortune."

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