The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.
Who has begun has half done. Have the courage to be wise. Begin!
This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.
We are largely the playthings of our fears. To one, fear of the dark; to another, of physical pain; to a third, of public ridicule; to a fourth, of poverty; to a fifth, of loneliness ... for all of us, our particular creature waits in ambush.
Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.
I have often said, and oftener think, that this world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel – a solution of why Democritus laughed and Heraclitus wept.
Foolish writers and readers are created for each other.
It is difficult to divest one's self of vanity; because impossible to divest one's self of self-love.
Mystery is the wisdom of blockheads.
He was persuaded he could know no happiness but in the society of one with whom he could for ever indulge the melancholy that had taken possession of his soul.
I know that I have had friends who would never have vexed or betrayed me, if they had walked on all fours.
To act with common sense according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know.
The contempt of money is no more a virtue than to wash one's hand is one; but one does not willingly shake hands with a man that never washes his.
I am persuaded that foolish writers and foolish readers are created for each other; and that fortune provides readers as she does mates for ugly women.
I have known men of valor cowards to their wives.
Lawyers and rogues are vermin not easily rooted out of a rich soil.
It is charming to totter into vogue.
When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.
Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.
History is a romance that is believed; romance, a history that is not believed.
The sure way of judging whether our first thoughts are judicious, is to sleep on them. If they appear of the same force the next morning as they did over night, and if good nature ratifies what good sense approves, we may be pretty sure we are in the right.
Perhaps those, who, trembling most, maintain a dignity in their fate, are the bravest: resolution on reflection is real courage.
Our [British] summers are often, though beautiful for verdure, so cold, that they are rather cold winters.
Men are often capable of greater things than they perform - They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.
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