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The young are generally full of revolt, and are often pretty revolting about it.

It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change.

It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.

We would all like a reputation for generosity and we’d all like to buy it cheap.

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.