Be, rather than seem.
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.
Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?
But I must at the very beginning lay down this principle: friendship can only exist between good men.
Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.
Before beginning, plan carefully.
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.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.