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We are apt to mistake our vocation by looking out of the way for occasions to exercise great and rare virtues, and by stepping over the ordinary ones that lie directly in the road before us.
Those who want nothing are apt to forget how many there are who want every thing.
Commending a right thing is a cheap substitute for doing it, with which we are too apt to satisfy ourselves.
Youth has a quickness of apprehension, which it is very apt to mistake for an acuteness of penetration.
He fell into the common error of those who begin to read late in life — that of thinking that what he did not know himself, was equally new to others; and he was apt to fancy that he and the author he was reading were the only two people in the world who knew any thing.
Parents are too apt to mistake inclination for genius.
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