"I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain
(what I consider the most enviable of all titles) the character of an
"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost."
If everyone were clothed with integrity,
If every heart were just, frank, kindly,
The other virtues would be well-nigh useless,
Since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience
The injustice of our fellows.
"Whether the succeeding generation is to be more virtuous than their predecessors I cannot say; but I am sure they will have more worldly wisdom, and enough, I hope, to know that honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."