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.
Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.
Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed.
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.
To one who said, "I do not believe that there is an honest man in the world," another replied, "It is impossible that any one man should know all the world, but quite possible that one may know himself."
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.
Theirs is the present who can praise the past.
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.
It happens a little unluckily that the persons who have the most infinite contempt of money are the same that have the strongest appetite for the pleasures it procures.
In every village marked with little spire,
Embowered in trees, and hardly known to fame.
Thanks, oftenest obtrusive.
Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed. They are sensitive plants, which will not bear too familiar approaches.
I know not whether increasing years do not cause us to esteem fewer people and to bear with more.
Modesty makes large amends for the pain it gives those who labor under it, by the prejudice it affords every worthy person in their favor.
A large, branching, aged oak is perhaps the most venerable of all inanimate objects.
Let the gulled fool the toil of war pursue, where bleed the many to enrich the few.
It seems with wit and good-nature, Utrum horum mavis accipe. Taste and good-nature are universally connected.
The most reserved of men, that will not exchange two syllables together in an English coffee-house, should they meet at Ispahan, would drink sherbet and eat a mess of rice together.
There is a certain flimsiness of poetry which seems expedient in a song.
Taste is pursued at a less expense than fashion.
Persons are oftentimes misled in regard to their choice of dress by attending to the beauty of colors, rather than selecting such colors as may increase their own beauty.
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