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Be not fond of violent mirth, nor harbor presumption of speech; for the one is folly, the other madness.1

Whatever is shameful to do you must not consider it honorable even to mention. Accustom yourself to be, not of a stern, but of a thoughtful, mien; for through the former you will be thought self-willed, through the latter, intelligent. Consider that no adornment so becomes you as modesty, justice, and self-control; for these are the virtues by which, as all men are agreed, the character of the young is held in restraint.

1 Cf. Lord Chesterfield, Letters , 144: “Frequent and loud laughter is characteristic of folly and ill manners.”

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