Persons extremely reserved and diffident are like the old enamelled watches, which had painted covers that hindered you from seeing what time it was.
One’s mind suffers only when one is young and while one is ignorant of the world. When one has lived for some time, one learns that the young think too little and the old too much, and one grows careless about both.
Much of reputation depends on the period in which it rises.—In dark periods, when talents appear, they shine like the sun through a small hole in the window-shutter, and the strong beam dazzles amid the surrounding gloom.—open the shutter, and the general diffusion of light attracts no notice.
Letters to absence can a voice impart,
And lend a tongue when distance gags the heart.
It is difficult to divest one’s self of vanity; because impossible to divest one’s self of self-love.
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