The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.
Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day. Thus, if you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas.
If you wouldst live long live well for folly and wickedness shorten life.
We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.
Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.
Diplomacy is seduction in another guise, Mr. Adams. One improves with practice.