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.
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.
Anger and the thirst of revenge are a kind of fever; fighting and lawsuits, bleeding,--at least, an evacuation. The latter occasions a dissipation of money; the former, of those fiery spirits which cause a preternatural fermentation.
Amid the most mercenary ages it is but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence.
I trimmed my lamp, consumed the midnight oil.
May I always have a heart superior, with economy suitable, to my fortune.
Written on a Window of an Inn,
Critics must excuse me if I compare them to certain animals called asses, who, by gnawing vines, originally taught the great advantage of pruning them.
A rich dress adds but little to the beauty of a person. It may possibly create a deference, but that is rather an enemy to love.
Men of quality never appear more amiable than when their dress is plain. Their birth, rank, title and its appendages are at best indivious and as they do not need the assistance of dress, so, by their disclaiming the advantage of it, they make their superiority sit more easy.
Learning, like money, may be of so base a coin as to be utterly void of use.
Flattery of the verbal kind is gross. In short, applause is of too coarse a nature to be swallowed in the gross, though the extract or tincture be ever so agreeable.
The fund of sensible discourse is limited; that of jest and badinerie is infinite.
Avarice is the most oppose of all characters to that of God Almighty, whose alone it is to give and not receive.
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?
The making presents to a lady one addresses is like throwing armor into an enemy's camp, with a resolution to recover it.
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