He that serves God for money will serve the Devil for better wages.
Men are not to be judged by their looks, habits, and appearances; but by the character of their lives and conversations, and by their works.
Passions, as fire and water, are good servants, but bad masters, and subminister to the best and worst purposes.
The common people do not judge of vice or virtue by morality or immorality, so much as by the stamp that is set upon it by men of figure.
It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable.
A plodding diligence brings us sooner to our journey's end than a fluttering way of advancing by starts.
Some read books only with a view to find fault, while others read only to be taught; the former are like venomous spiders, extracting a poisonous quality, where the latter, like the bees, sip out a sweet and profitable juice.
The devil helps his servants for a season; but when they get into a pinch; he leaves them in the lurch.
Figure-flingers and star-gazers pretend to foretell the fortunes of kingdoms, and have no foresight in what concerns themselves.
Money does all things,--for it gives and it takes away; it makes honest men and knaves, fools and philosophers; and so forward, mutatis mutandis, to the end of the chapter.
Nothing is so fierce but love will soften; nothing so sharp-sighted in other matters but it will throw a mist before its eyes.
He that upon a true principle lives, without any disquiet of thought, may be said to be happy.
There is no opposing brutal force to the stratagems of human reason.
Pretences go a great way with men that take fair words and magisterial looks for current payment.
Partiality in a parent is unlucky; for fondlings are in danger to be made fools.
Ingratitude is abhorred by God and man.
There is no creature so contemptible but by resolution may gain his point.
The lowest boor may laugh on being tickled, but a man must have intelligence to be amused by wit.
The fairest blossoms of pleasantry thrive best where the sun is not strong enough to scorch, nor the soil rank enough to corrupt.
Intemperate wits will spare neither friend nor foe, and make themselves the common enemies of mankind.
Humor is the offspring of man; it comes forth like Minerva, fully armed from the brain.
Riches are gotten with pain, kept with care, and lost with grief. The cares of riches lie heavier upon a good man than the inconveniences of an honest poverty.
If we should cease to be generous and charitable because another is sordid and ungrateful, it would be much in the power of vice to extinguish Christian virtues.
Imperfections would not be half so much taken notice of, if vanity did not make proclamation of them.
The most insupportable of tyrants exclaim against the exercise of arbitrary power.
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