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  1. Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.

  2. Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

  3. Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

  4. The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.

  5. The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.

  6. The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

  7. The discontented man finds no easy chair.

  8. The doors of wisdom are never shut.

  9. The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.

  10. The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.

  11. The first mistake in public business is the going into it.

  12. The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.

  13. The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

  14. The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.

  15. The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.

  16. The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.

  17. There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

  18. There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.

  19. There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means – either may do – the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.

  20. There cannot be a stronger natural right than that of a man’s making the best profit he can of the natural produce of his lands.

  21. There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.

  22. There never was a good war or a bad peace.

  23. There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.

  24. They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

  25. Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.

  26. Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter.

  27. Those that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.

  28. Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.

  29. Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

  30. Time is money.

  31. To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.

  32. To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

  33. To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.

  34. Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.

  35. Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.

  36. Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.

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