Men are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.

How well Shakespeare knew how to improve and exalt little circumstances, when he borrowed them from circumstantial or vulgar historians.

Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school.

We often repent of our first thoughts, and scarce ever of our second.

I never found even in my juvenile hours that it was necessary to go a thousand miles in search of themes for moralizing.

I do not admire politicians; but when they are excellent in their way, one cannot help allowing them their due.

Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.

The establishment of a society for the encouragement of arts will produce great benefits before they are perverted to mischiefs.

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.

Pictures may serve as helps to religion but are only an appendix to idolatry, for the people must be taught to believe in false gods and in the power of saints before they will learn to worship their images.

Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.

Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.

The wisest prophets make sure of the event first.

It was said of old Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, that she never puts dots over her I s, to save ink.

Virtue knows to a farthing what it has lost by not having been vice.

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.

Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.

Life is a comedy for those who think... and a tragedy for those who feel.

The Methodists love your big sinners, as proper subjects to work upon.

Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.

By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses; one misses more nonsense than sense.

When a Frenchman reads of the garden of Eden, I do not doubt but he concludes it was something approaching to that of Versailles, with clipped hedges, berceaus, and trellis work.

It was easier to conquer it than to know what to do with it.

I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them: for if one's tongue don't move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule.

Men are often capable of greater things than they perform - They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.

He would be a very absurd legislator who should pretend to set bounds to his country's welfare, lest it should perish by knowing no bounds.

The world is a tragedy to those who feel but a comedy to those who think.