Ø The life that is not consecrated to a lofty and reasonable purpose is a tree without a shade, if not a poisonous weed.
To do good for personal
gain and not for its own sake is not true virtue.
It is rational to be charitable
and love ones fellow creature, and to adjust ones conduct, acts and words to what is in itself reasonable.
Whether our skin be black
or white, we are all born equal; superiority in knowledge, wealth and beauty are to be understood, but not superiority by
The honorable man prefers
honor to personal gain; the scoundrel, gain to honor.
Do not waste thy time;
wealth can be recovered, but not time lost.
Defend the oppressed and
fight the oppressor before the law or in the field.
The prudent man is sparing
in words and faithful in keeping secrets.
On the thorny path of life,
man is the guide of women and the children, and if the guide leads to the precipice, those whom he guides will also go there.
Thou must not look upon
woman as a mere plaything, but as a faithful companion who will share with thee the penalties of life; her (physical) weakness
will increase thy interest in her and she will remind thee of the mother who bore thee and reared thee.
What thou dost not desire
done unto thy wife, children, brothers and sisters, that do not unto the wife, children, brothers and sisters of thy neighbor.
Man is not worth more because
he is a king, because he is now aquiline, and his color white, not because he is a priest, a servant of god, nor because of
the high prerogative he enjoys on earth, but he is worth most who is a man of proven value, who does good, keeps his word,
is worthy and honest; he who does not oppress nor consent to being oppressed, he who loves and cherishes his fatherland, though
he be born in the wilderness and knows no tongue but his own.
When these rules of conduct
shall be known to all, the longed-for sun of Liberty shall rise brilliantly over this most unhappy portion
of the globe and its rays shall diffuse everlasting joy among the confederated brethren of the same rays, the lives of those
who have gone before, the fatigues and the well-paid sufferings will remain.