Be, rather than seem.
Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.
But I must at the very beginning lay down this principle: friendship can only exist between good men.
Cultivation of the mind is as necessary as food to the body.
But if I am wrong in thinking the human soul immortal, I am glad to be wrong; nor will I allow the mistake which gives me so much pleasure to be wrested from me as long as I live.
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.