Some praise at morning what they blame at night, But always think the last opinion right.
False happiness is like false money; it passes for a time as well as the true, and serves some ordinary occasions; but when it is brought to the touch, we find the lightness and alloy, and feel the loss.
Some old men, by continually praising the time of their youth, would almost persuade us that there were no fools in those days; but unluckily they are left themselves for examples.
Topics: Youth, Age
See skulking Truth to her old cavern fled,
Mountains of Casuistry heap’d o’er her head!
Philosophy, that lean’d on Heav’n before,
Shrinks to her second cause, and is no more.
Physic of Metaphysic begs defence,
And Metaphysic calls for aid on Sense!
See Mystery to Mathematics fly!
An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; or an excuse is a lie guarded.
He serves me most, who serves his country best.
I believe no one qualification is so likely to make a good writer, as the power of rejecting his own thoughts.
The bookful blockhead ignorantly read,
With loads of learned lumber in his head,
With his own tongue still edifies his ears,
And always list’ning to himself appears.
All books he reads, and all he reads assails.
Topics: Reading, Intelligence
Be silent always when you doubt your sense.
To be angry, is to revenge the fault of others upon ourselves.
He who tells a lie, is not sensible how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.
Men must be taught as if you taught them not, And things unknown propos’d as things forgot.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
See dying vegetables life sustain,
See life dissolving vegetate again;
All forms that perish other forms supply;
By turns we catch the vital breath and die.
When we are young, we are slavishly employed in procuring something whereby we may live comfortably when we grow old; and when we are old, we I perceive it is too late to live as we proposed.
Topics: Age, Aging
It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.
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