A cucumber should be well-sliced dressed with pepper and vinegar and then thrown out.
It is dangerous for mortal beauty, or terrestrial virtue, to be examined by too strong a light. The torch of Truth shows much that we cannot, and all that we would not, see.
Treating your adversary with respect is striking soft in battle.
Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.
Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
Of all the griefs that harass the distrest Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest.
As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich so knowledge which he cannot apply will make no man wise.
The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.
Every man wishes to be wise and they who cannot be wise are almost always cunning.
I have found men to be more kind than I expected, and less just.
A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
I am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.
Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.
No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.
A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
There are charms made only for distant admiration.
Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.
Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
He that undervalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.
I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.