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.
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."
Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.
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.
I am thankful that my name in obnoxious to no pun.
Theirs is the present who can praise the past.
Men are sometimes accused of pride, merely because their accusers would be proud themselves were they in their places.
There are no persons more solicitous about the preservation of rank than those who have no rank at all. Observe the humors of a country christening, and you will find no court in Christendom so ceremonious as the quality of Brentford.
The difference there is betwixt honor and honesty seems to be chiefly the motive; the mere honest man does that from duty which the man of honor does for the sake of character.
There would not be any absolute necessity for reserve if the world were honest; yet even then it would prove expedient. For, in order to attain any degree of deference, it seems necessary that people should imagine you have more accomplishments than you discover.
Prudent men lock up their motives, letting familiars have a key to their hearts, as to their garden.
Let us be careful to distinguish modesty, which is ever amiable, from reserve, which is only prudent.
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.
Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice; whereas a child can clench its fist the moment it is born.
Deference often shrinks and withers as much upon the approach of intimacy as the sensitive plant does upon the touch of one's finger.
What leads to unhappiness is making pleasure the chief aim.
A miser grows rich by seeming poor. An extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
A large retinue upon a small income, like a large cascade upon a small stream, tends to discover its tenuity.
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