Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession.
Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.
'Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain, you have waked me too soon, I must slumber again.
Acquire a government over your ideas, that they may come down when they are called, and depart when they are bidden.
I would not change my blest estate for all the world calls good or great.
Once a day, especially in the early years of life and study, call yourselves to an account what new ideas, what new proposition or truth you have gained, what further confirmation of known truths, and what advances you have made in any part of knowledge.