Madison Sarratt — Today I’m giving two examinations…

Today I’m giving two examinations. One in trigonometry and the other in honesty. I hope you will pass them both. If you must fail one, fail trigonometry. There are many good people in the world who can’t pass trig, but there are no good people in the world who cannot pass a test of honesty.
What Dr. Madison Sarratt used to tell his class at Vanderbilt University each year.

Charles Spurgeon — There is an old story…

There is an old story which tells of an Italian duke who went on board a galley ship.  As he passed the crew of slaves he asked several of them what their offenses were.  Every one laid the blame to someone else, saying his brother was to blame or the judge was bribed.  One sturdy young fellow said:  “My lord, I am justly in here.  I wanted money and I stole it.  No one is to blame but myself.”  The duke on hearing this seized him by the shoulder, saying, “You rogue!  What are you doing here among so many honest men?  Get you out of their company!”  The young fellow was then set at liberty, while the rest were left to tug at the oars.
Charles Spurgeon