A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed.
Learning, like money, may be of so base a coin as to be utterly void of use; or, if sterling, may require good management to make it serve the purposes of sense or happiness.
The weak and insipid white wine makes at length excellent vinegar.
Health is beauty, and the most perfect health is the most perfect beauty.
It should seem that indolence itself would incline a person to be honest, as it requires infinitely greater pains and contrivance to be a knave.
Love can be founded upon Nature only.
Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it.
In a heavy oppressive atmosphere, when the spirits sink too low, the best cordial is to read over all the letters of one's friends.
When self-interest inclines a man to print, he should consider that the purchaser expects a pennyworth for his penny, and has reason to asperse his honesty if he finds himself deceived.
May I always have a heart superior, with economy suitable, to my fortune.
Glory relaxes often and debilitates the mind; censure stimulates and contracts,--both to an extreme. Simple fame is, perhaps, the proper medium.
A large retinue upon a small income, like a large cascade upon a small stream, tends to discover its tenuity.
It is true there is nothing displays a genius, I mean a quickness of genius, more than a dispute; as two diamonds, encountering, contribute to each other's luster. But perhaps the odds is much against the man of taste in this particular.
The lowest people are generally the first to find fault with show or equipage; especially that of a person lately emerged from his obscurity. They never once consider that he is breaking the ice for themselves.
Love is a pleasing but a various clime.
Necessity may be the mother of lucrative invention, but it is the death of poetical invention.
However, I think a plain space near the eye gives it a kind of liberty it loves; and then the picture, whether you choose the grand or beautiful, should be held up at its proper distance. Variety is the principal ingredient in beauty; and simplicity is essential to grandeur.
Bashfulness is more frequently connected with good sense than we find assurance; and impudence, on the other hand, is often the mere effect of downright stupidity.
Written on a Window of an Inn,
Amid the most mercenary ages it is but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence.
So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return.
Patience is the panacea; but where does it grow, or who can swallow it?
Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice; whereas a child can clench its fist the moment it is born.
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