The richest endowments of the mind are temperance, prudence, and fortitude. Prudence is a universal virtue, which enters into the composition of all the rest; and where she is not, fortitude loses its name and nature.
Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.
History is the recital of facts represented as true. Fable, on the other hand, is the recital of facts represented as fiction. The history of man’s ideas is nothing more than the chronicle of human error.
Common sense is anything but common.
Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.
Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
Happiness grows in our own gardens, and it is not to be picked up in strangers garden.
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