I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.
No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve.
Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.
There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it.
Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.
When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
Be a terror to the butchers, that they may be fair in their weight; and keep hucksters and fraudulent dealers in awe, for the same reason.
Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.
Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.
True valor lies between cowardice and rashness.
Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.
Tis a dainty thing to command, though twere but a flock of sheep.
I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea.
From reading too much, and sleeping too little, his brain dried up on him and he lost his judgment.
For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences.
Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds.