A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass will sway it from the truth and wreck the argosy.

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Teach you children poetry, it opens the mind lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues her

Teach you children poetry, it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.

Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.

Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.

A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic a mere working mason, if he possesses some kno

A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.

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