‘Farmer’s Manual’ offered sound advice

The following is taken from “The Farmer’s Manual,” inherited by Gene Carlson from his grandfather:
1. Indifferent or careless methods of business produces trouble between relatives, neighbours, and friends; creates dissatisfaction with those with whom business is transacted; produces controversy, often blows, and even murder.
2. Be sure you are right, then go ahead should be the maxim of every one who transacts business.
3. Millions of dollars are expended every year in lawsuits, and lawyers are paid fabulous fees, simply because people do not do business in a business-like way.
4. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
5. Keep cool and you command everybody.
6. If we estimate dignity by immediate usefulness, agriculture is, undoubtedly, the first and noblest science.
7. If you keep a bank account long enough, it will one day keep you.
8. The best way to keep good your credit is never to use it.
9. A boy is better unborn than untaught.
10. Honour and profit do not lie always in the same sack.
11. Conceit may puff a man up, but it will never prop him up.
12. Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.
13. A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.
14. Pile luxury as high was you will, health is better.
15. Lies exist only to be extinguished.
16. Little things are great to little men.
17. Politeness goes far, yet costs nothing.
18. Who give a trifle meanly is meaner than the trifle.
19. The miser robs himself.
20. Moderation is the pleasure of the wise.
21. A “crank” is all right, if you turn him the right way.
22. He that buys what he does not want will soon want what he cannot buy.
23. An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him.
24. Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.
25. Tyranny and Anarchy are twin sisters.
26. The end of all government is the happiness of the people.
27. A good name is better than bags of gold.
28. The great heroes are the great, brave, patient, nameless people.
29. A bad man becomes a worse man when he claims to be a saint.