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
Absent or dead, still let a friend be dear.
He serves me most, who serves his country best.
Men must be taught as if you taught them not, And things unknown propos’d as things forgot.
Be silent always when you doubt your sense.
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.
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: Aging, Age
Scarce any Tale was sooner heard than told;
And all who told it, added something new,
And all who heard it, made Enlargements too,
In every Ear it spread, on every Tongue it grew.
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.
Party is the madness of many, for the gain of a few.
Teach me to feel another’s woe,
To hide the fault I see,
That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me.
I believe no one qualification is so likely to make a good writer, as the power of rejecting his own thoughts.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
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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