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.
Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.
Theirs is the present who can praise the past.
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.
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.
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 plain narrative of any remarkable fact, emphatically related, has a more striking effect without the author's comment.
A man of remarkable genius may afford to pass by a piece of wit, if it happen to border on abuse. A little genius is obliged to catch at every witticism indiscriminately.
Wit is the refractory pupil of judgment.
Many persons, when exalted, assume an insolent humility, who behaved before with an insolent haughtiness.
What some people term Freedom is nothing else than a liberty of saying and doing disagreeable things. It is but carrying the notion a little higher, and it would require us to break and have a head broken reciprocally without offense.
Persons who discover a flatterer, do not always disapprove him, because he imagines them considerable enough to deserve his applications.
It seems idle to rail at ambition merely because it is a boundless passion; or rather is not this circumstance an argument in its favor? If one would be employed or amused through life, should we not make choice of a passion that will keep one long in play?
Those who are incapable of shining out by dress would do well to consider that the contrast between them and their clothes turns out much to their disadvantage.
Fashion is a great restraint upon your persons of taste and fancy; who would otherwise in the most trifling instances be able to distinguish themselves from the vulgar.
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.
Love is a pleasing but a various clime.
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