That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.
Which is what most of our modern communications amount to, when you stop to think of it; chatter for the sake of chatter.
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.[Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen.]
There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.
The word ‘tight’ has twenty-two definitions, but my favorite is Webster’s fifth – “a bond which cannot be broken.
People who know little speak a great deal, and people who know a great deal speak little.[Les gens qui savent peu parlent beaucoup, et les gens qui savent beaucoup parlent peu.]
One must speak as much as one can by deeds and say only what one does not know how to do.[Il faut parler tant qu’on peut par les actions, et ne dire que ce qu’on ne sauroit faire.]
As soon as people are accustomed to say words without understanding them, it is easy to make them say whatever one wants.[Sitôt qu’on accoutume les gens à dire des mots sans les entendre, il est facile après cela de leur faire dire tout ce qu’on veut.]