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
Vanity makes people ridiculous, pride odious, and ambition terrible.
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.
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.
A little in drink, but at all times your faithful husband.
That man never grows old who keeps a child in his heart
Pleasure, when it is a man's chief purpose, disappoints itself; and the constant application to it palls the faculty of enjoying it.
He that has sense knows that learning is not knowledge, but rather the art of using it.
The survivorship of a worthy man in his son is a pleasure scarce inferior to the hopes of the continuance of his own life.
Whether a pretty woman grants or withholds her favors, she always likes to be asked for them.
It is a wonderful thing that so many, and they not reckoned absurd, shall entertain those with whom they converse by giving them the history of their pains and aches and imagine such narrations their quota of conversation.
Whoever would be wise should read the Proverbs; whoever would be holy should read the Psalms.
Simplicity of all things is the hardest to be copy.
Of all the affections which attend human life, the love of glory is the most ardent.
Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools.
Modesty never rages, never murmurs, never pouts; when it is ill-treated, it pines, it beseeches, it languishes.
The man is mechanically turned, and made for getting. . . . It was verily prettily said that we may learn the little value of fortune by the persons on whom Heaven is pleased to bestow it.
Many take pleasure in spreading abroad the weakness of an exalted character.
Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.
It is a certain sign of an ill heart to be inclined to defamation. They who are harmless and innocent can have no gratification that way; but it ever arises from a neglect of what is laudable in a man's self.
It is the duty of a great person so to demean himself, as that whatever endowments he may have, he may appear to value himself upon no qualities but such as any man may arrive at.
Mutual good humor is a dress we ought to appear in wherever we meet, and we should make no mention of what concerns ourselves, without it be of matters wherein our friends ought to rejoice.
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