Wisdom does not come by instinct, but will be found when diligently sought for; seek her, she will be a friend that will never fail you.
Nature has sown in man the seeds of knowledge; but they must be cultivated, to produce fruit.
Read – let me charge you to read. Study books that treat of your profession, and of history.
Let your companions be such as yourself, or superior; for the worth of a man will always be ruled by that of his company.
Guard carefully against letting discontent appear in you; it is sorrow to your friends, a triumph to your competitors, and cannot be productive of any good.
You may depend on it, that it is more in your own power than in any one else’s to promote both your comfort and advancement.
Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter.