If our hours were all serene, we might probably take almost as little note of them as the dial does of those that are clouded.
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it roaring and raging like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free, and ending just where it began.
We can bear to be deprived of everything but our self-conceit.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. We cannot force love.
Repose is as necessary in conversation as in a picture.
The seat of knowledge is in the head; of wisdom, in the heart.—We are sure to judge wrong if we do not feel right.
Those are ever the most ready to do justice to others, who feel that the world has done them justice.
Poverty, labor, and calamity are not without their luxuries, which the rich, the indolent, and the fortunate in vain seek for.
Affectation is as necessary to the mind as dress is to the body
A life of action and danger moderates the dread of death. It not only gives us fortitude to bear pain, but teaches us at every step the precarious tenure on which we hold our present being.
Topics: Anxiety, Fear
Silence is one great art of conversation.
Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy.
Elegance is something more than ease—more than a freedom from awkwardness and restraint.—It implies a precision, a polish, and a sparkling which is spirited, yet delicate.
There is no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice.
Of all virtues magnanimity is the rarest; there are a hundred persons of merit for one who willingly acknowledges it in another.
The player envies only the player, the poet envies only the poet.
Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone – but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.
There cannot be a surer proof of low origin, or of an innate meanness of disposition, than to be always talking and thinking about being genteel.
Fashion is gentility running away from vulgarity, and afraid of being overtaken by it.—It is a sign the two things are not far asunder.
There are names written in her immortal scroll at which Fame blushes!
Do you suppose we owe nothing to Pope’s deformity?—He said to himself “If my person be crooked, my verses shall be straight.”
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