Your Business is to shine; therefore you must by all means prevent the shining of others, for their Brightness may make yours the less distinguished.
I advise you to apply to all those whom you know will give something; next, to those whom you are uncertain whether they will give any thing or not, and show them the list of those who have given; and, lastly, do not neglect those who you are sure will give nothing, for in some of them you may be mistaken.
Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; Revenging one makes you but even with him;forgiving it sets you above him.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.
There was never a good war, or a bad peace.