Their learning is like bread in a besieged town: every man gets a little, but no man gets a full meal.
To excite opposition and inflame malevolence is the unhappy privilege of courage made arrogant by consciousness of strength
Some people wave their dogmatic thinking until their own reason is entangled.
Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.
He that reads and grows no wiser seldom suspects his own deficiency, but complains of hard words and obscure sentences, and asks why books are written which cannot be understood.
Topics: Books, Stupidity, Reading
I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves it, but I am afraid he is an attorney.
Quotation, sir, is a good thing; there is a community of mind in it: classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.
Friendship is seldom lasting but between equals, or where the superiority on one side is reduced by some equivalent advantage on the other.
I take the true definition of exercise to be, labor without weariness.
We must consider how very little history there is; I mean real, authentic history.—That certain kings reigned, and certain battles were fought, we can depend on as true; but all the coloring, all the philosophy of history is conjecture.
The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.
The vicious count their years; virtuous, their acts.
I do not much wish well to discoveries, for I am always afraid they will end in conquest and robbery.
Every man naturally persuades himself that he can keep his resolutions, nor is he convinced of his imbecility but by length of time and frequency of experiment.
How gloomy would be the mansions of the dead to him who did, not know that he should never die; that what now acts, shall continue its agency, and what now thinks, shall think on forever.
Frugality may be termed the daughter of prudence, the sister of temperance, and the parent of liberty. He that is extravagant will quickly become poor, and poverty will enforce dependence and invite corruption.
A man, whose great qualities want the ornament of exterior attractions, is like a naked mountain with mines of gold, which will be frequented only till the treasure is exhausted.
Riches exclude only one inconvenience, and that is poverty.
It is wonderful to think how men of very large estates not only spend their yearly income, but are often actually in want of money. It is clear, they have not value for what they spend.
Topics: Riches, Wealth
You are much surer that you are doing good when you pay money to those who work, as the recompense of their labors, than when you give money merely in charity.
Nay, Madam, when you are declaiming, declaim; and when you are calculating, calculate.
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
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