When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's [children's] minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.
Being asked by Criton how he would be buried, I have taken a great deal of pains, saith he, my friends, to no purpose, for I have not convinced our Criton that I shall fly from hence, and leave no part of me behind. Notwithstanding, Criton, if you can overtake me, wheresoever you get hold of me, bury me as you please: but.
Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.
Before beginning, plan carefully.
Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.