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.
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.
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.
Readings is to the mind what exercice is to the body.
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.
I love to consider an Infidel, whether distinguished by the title of deist, atheist, or free-thinker.
I look upon it as a Point of Morality, to be obliged by those who endeavour to oblige me
A woman seldom writes her mind but in her postscript
It is an endless and frivolous Pursuit to act by any other Rule than the Care of satisfying our own Minds in what we do
I cannot think of any character below the flatterer, except he who envies him
It has been a sort of maxim, that the greatest art is to conceal art; but I know not how, among some people we meet with, their greatest cunning is to appear cunning.
Many take pleasure in spreading abroad the weakness of an exalted character.
There are so few who can grow old with a good grace.
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.
The survivorship of a worthy man in his son is a pleasure scarce inferior to the hopes of the continuance of his own life.
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