Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.
I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.
There is no one thoroughly despicable. We cannot descend much lower than an idiot; and an idiot has some advantages over a wise man.
Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
Rules and models destroy genius and art.
The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love; have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.