Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.
Genius speaks only to genius.
Misers are very kind people: they amass wealth for those who wish their death.
Gaiety is the soul's health; sadness is its poison.
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.
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.
Politeness has been defined to be artificial good-nature; but we may affirm, with much greater propriety, that good-nature is natural politeness.
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.
I believe, indeed, that it is more laudable to suffer great misfortunes than to do great things.
He who fears death dies every time he thinks of it.
I know no real worth but that tranquil firmness which seeks dangers by duty, and braves them without rashness.
Those who ought to be secure from calumny are generally those who avoid it least.
We are usually mistaken in esteeming men too much; rarely in esteeming them too little.
Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for.
Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes us as a judge.
To believe with certainty, we must begin with doubting.
To be vain of one's rank or place is to show that one is below it.
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.
How many persons fancy they have experience simply because they have grown old!
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