Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.
Among all the diseases of the mind there is not one more epidemical or more pernicious than the love of flattery.
There is no Pleasure like that of receiving Praise from the Praiseworthy
A lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack, and one trick needs a great many more to make it good.
People spend their lives in the service of their passions instead of employing their passions in the service of their lives.
Vanity makes people ridiculous, pride odious, and ambition terrible.
It is a secret known but to few, yet of no small use in the conduct of life, that when you fall into a man's conversation, the first thing you should consider is, whether he has a greater inclination to hear you, or that you should hear him.
Since we cannot promise our selves constant health, let us endeavour at such temper as may be our best support in the decay of it.
A little in drink, but at all times your faithful husband.
That man never grows old who keeps a child in his heart
He that has sense knows that learning is not knowledge, but rather the art of using it.
Pleasure, when it is a man's chief purpose, disappoints itself; and the constant application to it palls the faculty of enjoying it.
Pride destroys all symmetry and grace, and affectation is a more terrible enemy to fine faces than the small-pox.
When a man is not disposed to hear music, there is not a more disagreeable sound in harmony than that of the violin.
Violins are the lively, forward, importunate wits, that distinguish themselves by the flourishes of imagination, sharpness of repartee, glances of satire, and bear away the upper part in every consort.
Age in a virtuous person, of either sex, carries in it an authority which makes it preferable to all the pleasures of youth.
Conversation never sits easier upon us than when we now and then discharge ourselves in a symphony of laughter, which may not improperly be called the chorus of conversation.
Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.
The world is grown so full of dissimulation and compliment, that men's words are hardly any signification of their thoughts.
It is an impertinent and unreasonable fault in conversation for one man to take up all the discourse.
A modest person seldom fails to gain the goodwill of those he converses with, because nobody envies a man who does not appear to be pleased with himself.
Though very troublesome to others, anger is most so to him that has it.
Pleasure seizes the whole man who addicts himself to it, and will not give him leisure for any good office in life which contradicts the gayety of the present hour.
Since our persons are not of our own making, when they are such as appear defective or uncomely, it is, methinks, an honest and laudable fortitude to dare to be ugly.
Such is the weakness of our nature, that when men are a little exalted in their condition they immediately conceive they have additional senses, and their capacities enlarged not only above other men, but above human comprehension itself.
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