Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.
Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for.
Can princes born in palaces be sensible of the misery of those who dwell in cottages?
I believe, indeed, that it is more laudable to suffer great misfortunes than to do great things.
We are usually mistaken in esteeming men too much; rarely in esteeming them too little.
Esteem has more engaging charms than friendship, or even love. It captivates hearts better, and never makes ings.
There are few defects in our nature so glaring as not to be veiled from observation by politeness and good-breeding.
Misers are very kind people: they amass wealth for those who wish their death.
Genius speaks only to genius.
Science when well-digested is nothing but good sense and reason.
None are rash when they are not seen by anybody.
Nothing but religion is capable of changing pains into pleasures.
The Word of God proves the truth of religion; the corruption of man, its necessity; government, its advantages.
There are few persons of greater worth than their reputation; but how many are there whose worth is far short of their reputation!
We rise to fortune by successive steps; we descend by only one.
Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes us as a judge.
The earliest desire of succeeding is almost always a prognostic of success.
It is hardly possible to suspect another without having in one's self the seeds of baseness the party is accused of.
He who fears death dies every time he thinks of it.
The strong desire for success is the best indication that you can achieve success.
Politeness has been defined to be artificial good-nature; but we may affirm, with much greater propriety, that good-nature is natural politeness.
A well-read fool is the most pestilent of blockheads; his learning is a flail which he knows not how to handle, and with which he breaks his neighbor's shins as well as his own. Keep a fellow of this description at arm's length, as you value the integrity of your bones.
Where religion speaks, reason has only a right to hear.
To make good use of life, one should have in youth the experience of advanced years, and in old age the vigor of youth.
Reason shows us our duty; he who can make us love our duty is more powerful than reason itself.
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