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There is no more important rule of conduct in the world than this: attach yourself as much as you can to people who are abler than you and yet not so very different that you cannot understand them
What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it
As in walking it is your great care not to run your foot upon a nail, or to tread awry, and strain your leg; so let it be in all the affairs of human life, not to hurt your mind or offend your judgment. And this rule, if observed carefully in all your deportment, will be a mighty security to you in your undertakings
Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct
Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours
Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none
Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble
If you cannot conduct yourself with propriety, give place to those who can
I have yet to meet a man as fond of high moral conduct as he is of outward appearances
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."