All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little
We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy, than in endeavoring to be so ourselves.
The wisdom of the ignorant somewhat resembles the instinct of animals; it is diffused only in a very narrow sphere, but within the circle it acts with vigor, uniformity, and success.
For just experience tells, in every soil, That those who think must govern those who toil
Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.
True generosity is a duty as indispensably necessary as those imposed on us by law.—It is a rule imposed by reason, which should be the sovereign law of a rational being.
There is nothing magnanimous in bearing misfortunes with fortitude, when the whole world is looking on…. He who, without friends to encourage or even without hope to alleviate his misfortunes, can behave with tranquility and indifference, is truly great.
He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack, for he knew when he pleased he could whistle them back.
Winter, lingering, chills the lap of May.
I have found by experience, that they who have spent all their lives in cities, contract not only an effeminacy of habit, but of thinking.
Who can direct when all pretend to know?
We had no revolutions to fear, nor fatigues to undergo; all our adventures were by the fireside, and all our migrations from the blue bed to the brown.
The unaffected of every country nearly resemble each other, and a page of Confucius and Tillotson have scarce any material difference, paltry affectation, strained allusions, and disgusting finery are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of ignorance or of stupidity whenever it would endeavor to please.
Topics: Style, Affectation
The work of eradicating crimes is not by making punishment familiar, but formidable.
His greatest riches-ignorance of wealth.
It has been said that he who retires to solitude is either a beast or an angel; the censure is too severe, and the praise unmerited: the discontented being, who retires from society, is generally some good-natured man, who has begun his life without experience, and knew not how to gain it in his intercourse with mankind.
Women famed for their valor, their skill in politics, or their learning, leave the duties of their own sex, in order to invade the privileges of ours. I can no more pardon a fair one for endeavoring to wield the club of Hercules, than I could a man for endeavoring to twirl her distaff.
Those who place their affections at first on trifles for amusement, will find these become at last their most serious concerns.
Ceremony resembles that base coin which circulates through a country by royal mandate; it serves every purposs of real money at home, but is entirely useless if carried abroad.—A person who should attempt to circulate his native trash in another country would be thought either ridiculous or culpable.
A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.
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