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.
My banks they are furnish'd with bees, Whose murmur invites one to sleep.
Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts.
Long sentences in a short composition are like large rooms in a little house.
Independence may be found in comparative as well as in absolute abundance; I mean where a person contracts his desires within the limits of his fortune.
Misers, as death approaches, are heaping up a chest of reasons to stand in more awe of him.
It seems with wit and good-nature, Utrum horum mavis accipe. Taste and good-nature are universally connected.
The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical.
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.
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.
There is a certain flimsiness of poetry which seems expedient in a song.
Let the gulled fool the toil of war pursue, where bleed the many to enrich the few.
A person that would secure to himself great deference will, perhaps, gain his point by silence as effectually as by anything he can say.
Whoe'er excels in what we prize, appears a hero in our eyes.
A fool and his words are soon parted.
Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief. while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.
Every single instance of a friend's insincerity increases our dependence on the efficacy of money.
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