All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation.
Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul. They always are heavily loaded, and you must bear half.
Children are excellent observers, and will often perceive your slightest defects. In general, those who govern children, forgive nothing in them, but everything in themselves.
If we were faultless we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate.
We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.
Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.
There is a set of religious, or rather moral, writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true.
Nothing is more despicable than a professional talker who uses his words as a quack uses his remedies.
A good historian is timeless; although he is a patriot, he will never flatter his country in any respect.
Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others.
Genuine good taste consists in saying much in few words, in choosing among our thoughts, in having order and arrangement in what we say, and in speaking with composure.