Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.
I believe, indeed, that it is more laudable to suffer great misfortunes than to do great things.
Genius speaks only to genius.
Misers are very kind people: they amass wealth for those who wish their death.
None are rash when they are not seen by anybody.
Nothing but religion is capable of changing pains into pleasures.
Politeness has been defined to be artificial good-nature; but we may affirm, with much greater propriety, that good-nature is natural politeness.
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.
The Word of God proves the truth of religion; the corruption of man, its necessity; government, its advantages.
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.
The instability of our tastes is the occasion of the irregularity of our lives.
When the truth offends no one it should come from our lips as naturally as the air we breathe.
Is it not astonishing that the love of repose keeps us in continual agitation?
It is having in some measure a sort of wit to know how to use the wit of others.
In all sorts of government man is made to believe himself free, and to be in chains.
He who fears death dies every time he thinks of it.
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.
There are few defects in our nature so glaring as not to be veiled from observation by politeness and good-breeding.
Esteem has more engaging charms than friendship, or even love. It captivates hearts better, and never makes ings.
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.
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