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None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Allured to brighter worlds, and led the way.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 170)

What you learn from bad habits and in bad society you will never forget, and it will be a lasting pang to you.
      - John Bartholomew Gough

Since truth and constancy are vain,
  Since neither love, nor sense of pain,
    Nor force of reason, can persuade,
      Then let example be obey'd.
      - George Granville, Lord Landsdowne, To Myra

The efficacy of good examples in the formation of public opinion is incalculable. Though men justify their conduct by reasons, and sometimes bring the very rules of virtue to the touchstone of abstraction, yet they principally act from example.
      - Robert Hall

Examples would indeed be excellent things were not people so modest that none will set, and so vain that none will follow them.
      - Augustus William Hare

We live in an age that hath more need of good example than precepts.
      - George Herbert

I am satisfied that we are less convinced by what we hear than by what we see.
      - Herodotus ("Father of History")

Content to follow when we lead the way.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. X, l. 141), (Pope's translation)

We are more speedily and fatally corrupted by domestic examples of vice, and particularly when they are impressed on our minds as from authority.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

As a neighboring funeral terrifies sick misers, and fear obliges them to have some regard for themselves; so, the disgrace of others will often deter tender minds from vice.
  [Lat., Avidos vicinum funus ut aegros
    Exanimat, mortisque metu sibi parcere cogit;
      Sic teneros animos aliena opprobria saepe
        Absterrent vitiis.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 4, 126)

I have ever deemed it more honorable and more profitable, too, to set a good example than to follow a bad one.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Example is always more efficacious than precept.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Example is more efficacious than precept.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The best teachers of humanity are the lives of great men.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I do not give you to posterity as a pattern to imitate, but as an example to deter.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis),
        Letter XII--To the Duke of Grafton

Examples of vicious courses practiced in a domestic circle corrupt more readily and more deeply when we behold them in persons in authority.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Whence do you derive the power and privilege of a parent, when you, though an old man, do worse things (than your child)?
  [Lat., Unde tibi frontem libertatemque parentis,
    Cum facias pejora senex?
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIV, 56)

A wise and good man will turn examples of all sorts to his own advantage. The good he will make his patterns, and strive to equal or excel them. The bad he will by all means avoid.
      - Thomas a Kempis

Example is a dangerous lure: where the wasp got through the gnat sticks fast.
  [Fr., L'exemple est un dangereux leurre;
    Ou la guepe a passe, le moucheron demeure.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (II, XVI)

Nothing is so contagious as example; never was there any considerable good or ill done that does not produce its like. We imitate good actions through emulation, and had ones through a malignity in our nature, which shame conceals, and example sets at liberty.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

There are follies as catching as contagious disorders.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The common people do not judge of vice or virtue by morality or immorality, so much as by the stamp that is set upon it by men of figure.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

Ill patterns are sure to be followed more than good rules.
      - John Locke (1)

Lives of great men all remind us
  We can make our lives sublime,
    And, departing, leave us behind
      Footprints on the sands of time.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        A Psalm of Life

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