The silence of a man who loves to praise is a censure sufficiently severe.
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
Silence and reserve will give anyone a reputation for wisdom.
It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles.
All the feeling which my father could not put into words was in his hand- any dog, child, or horse would recognize the kindness of it.
Nothing could bother me more than the way a thing goes dead once it has been said.
Minimum information given with maximum politeness.
A gossip is one who talks to you about others; a bore is one who talks to you about himself; and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.
Beware of allowing a tactless word, rebuttal, a rejection to obliterate the whole sky.
Violence of the tongue is very real- sharper than any knife.
Don't confuse being stimulating with being blunt.
The less said the better.
No man is free who is not master of himself.
You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you!
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling that desire.
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence, but in the mastery, of his passions.
When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it. Then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; the hardest victory is the victory over self.
The basic difference between being assertive and being aggressive is how our words and behavior affect the rights and well-being of others.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.