With dauntless front; but when the gale
Too prosperous blows, be wise no less,
And shorten sail.
Variant: I am not bound over to swear allegiance to any master; where the storm drives me I turn in for shelter.
Variant: The man of firm and righteous will,
No rabble, clamorous for the wrong,
No tyrant's brow, whose frown may kill,
Can shake the strength that makes him strong.
Variant: One man with courage makes a majority.
So shalt thou live beyond the reach
Of adverse Fortune's power;
Not always tempt the distant deep,
Nor always timorously creep
Along the treacherous shore.
Variant: To fly from vice is virtue: to be free
From foolishness is wisdom's first degree.
Lay your weariness beneath my laurel tree.
Variant: Anger is momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.
Variant: Anger is short-lived madness.
Must first feel grief.
Variant: If you wish me to weep, you must mourn first yourself.
Sometimes 'tis grateful for the rich to try
A short vicissitude, and fit of poverty:
A savory dish, a homely treat,
Where all is plain, where all is neat,
Without the stately spacious room,
The Persian carpet, or the Tyrian loom,
Clear up the cloudy foreheads of the great.
Variant: Struggling to be brief I become obscure.
Variant: In adversity, remember to keep an even mind.
And lives contentedly between
The little and the great,
Feels not the wants that pinch the poor,
Nor plagues that haunt the rich man's door,
Imbitt'ring all his state.
Variant: He wins every hand who mingles profit with pleasure, by delighting and instructing the reader at the same time.
Variant: Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings.