"A well-intentioned lie is better than a mischief-making truth... Use not to lie, for that is unhonest; speak not every truth, for that is unneedful; yes, in time and place, a harmless lie is a great deal better than a hurtful truth."
"Court the society of a superior, and make much of the opportunity; for in the company of an equal thy good fortune must decline."
"Be generous, and pleasant-tempered, and forgiving; even as God scatters favors over thee, do thou scatter over the people."
"Death is the means of transition to future life, which is the ultimate goal of mortal existence."
"Give nobody's heart pain so long as thou canst avoid it, for one sigh may set a whole world into flame."
"He that has acquired learning and not practiced what he has learnt, is like a man who plows but sows no seed."
"He who learns the rules of wisdom, without conforming to them in his life, is like a man who labored in his fields, but did not sow."
"Hunger is a cloud out of which falls a rain of eloquence and knowledge; when the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; when it is full, the spirit becomes body."
"In the faculty of speech man excels the brute; but if thou utterest what is improper, the brute is thy superior."
"If a piece of worthless stone can bruise a cup of gold, its worth is not increased, nor that of the gold diminished."
"Life stands on the verge of a single breath; and this world is an existence between two nonentities."
"Reason is a captive in the hands of the passions, as a weak man in the hands of an artful woman."
"Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy. And bring not all the mischief you are able to do upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend."
"Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence; and if he was sensible of this he would not be ignorant."
"The sea does not contain all the pearls, the earth does not enclose all the treasures, and the flint-stone does not enclose all the diamonds, since the head of man encloses wisdom."
"The telling of a falsehood is like the cut of a sabre; for though the wound may heal, the scar of it will remain."
"The wise who consorts with fools will become a fool, and the fool who consorts with fools will become a greater fool."
"Use a sweet tongue, courtesy, and gentleness, and thou mayst mange to guide an elephant with a hair."
"To tell a falsehood is like the cut of a sabre; for though the wound may heal, the scar of it will remain."