Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not.
The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best hearts.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
Great joy, especially after a sudden change of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue.
I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species.
We are as liable to be corrupted by books, as by companions.
Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.
A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!
There is nothing a man of good sense dreads in a wife so much as her having more sense than himself.
LOVE: A word properly applied to our delight in particular kinds of food; sometimes metaphorically spoken of the favorite objects of all our appetites.
A truly elegant taste is generally accompanied with excellency of heart.
Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it, a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.
He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the later.
When widows exclaim loudly against second marriages, I would always lay a wager than the man, If not the wedding day, is absolutely fixed on.
The world have payed too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
When I'm not thanked at all, I'm thanked enough, I've done my duty, and I've done no more.
The devil take me, if I think anything but love to be the object of love.
Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.
If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.
There is an insolence which none but those who themselves deserve contempt can bestow, and those only who deserve no contempt can bear.
A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool.
The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim.
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A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.
Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.
There is perhaps no surer mark of folly, than to attempt to correct natural infirmities of those we love.
Scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others.