It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation.
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
People of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon and seldom drive business home to it's conclusion, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
For friends... do but look upon good Books: they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble.