To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.
Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
Let me smile with the wise, and feed with the rich.
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.
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 have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man’s virtues the means of deceiving him.
He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
He that will enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade.
The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.
We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.
To love one that is great, is almost to be great one’s self.
Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.
One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.
The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne.
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.
The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.
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.
If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it?
A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
Melancholy, indeed, should be diverted by every means but drinking.
Worth seeing? Yes; but not worth going to see.
A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.
There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern… No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.
A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
There is, indeed, nothing that so much seduces reason from vigilance, as the thought of passing life with an amiable woman.
There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.
There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money.
There are few things that we so unwillingly give up, even in advanced age, as the supposition that we still have the power of ingratiating ourselves with the fair sex.
Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger.
There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain.
Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and… the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.
In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.
Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.
He that overvalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.
Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us.
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