C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


A man, like a watch, is to be valued for his manner of going.

William Penn.

The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions.


  • And let men so conduct themselves in life
  • As to be always strangers to defeat.
  • Cicero.

    The conduct of men depends upon the temperament, not upon a bunch of musty maxims.


    No books are so legible as the lives of men; no character so plain as their moral conduct.


  • Take heed lest passion sway
  • Thy judgment to do aught which else free-will
  • Would not admit.
  • Milton.

    Those virtues which cost us dear prove that we love God; those which are easy to us prove that He loves us.

    J. Petit-Senn.

    To do evil is more within the reach of every man, in public as in private life, than to do good.

    Dr. Parr.

    All the while thou livest ill, thou hast the trouble, distraction, inconveniences of life, but not the sweets and true use of it.


    That conduct sometimes seems ridiculous, in the eyes of the world, the secret reasons for which, may, in reality, be wise and solid.

    La Rochefoucauld.

  • I would, God knows, in a poor woodman’s hut
  • Have spent my peaceful days, and shared my crust
  • With her who would have cheer’d me, rather far
  • Than on this throne; but being what I am,
  • I’ll be it nobly.
  • Joanna Baillie.

  • Have more than thou showest,
  • Speak less than thou knowest,
  • Lend less than thou owest,
  • Learn more than thou trowest,
  • Set less than thou throwest.
  • Shakespeare.

    Obey thy parents, keep thy word justly; swear not; commit not with man’s sworn spouse; set not thy sweet heart on proud array.***Keep thy foot out of brothels, thy pen from lenders’ books.


    It is not enough that you can form, nay, and follow, the most excellent rules for conducting yourself in the world. You must also know when to deviate from them, and where lies the exception.


    I will govern my life, and my thoughts, as if the whole world were to see the one, and to read the other; for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God (who is the searcher of our hearts) all our privacies are open?


  • Only add
  • Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith,
  • Add virtue, patience, temperance, add love,
  • By name to come call’d charity, the soul
  • Of all the rest; then wilt thou not be loath
  • To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess
  • A Paradise within thee, happier far.
  • Milton.

    As in walking it is your great care not to run your foot upon a nail, or to tread awry, and strain your leg; so let it be in all the affairs of human life, not to hurt your mind or offend your judgment. And this rule, if observed carefully in all your deportment, will be a mighty security to you in your undertakings.