He that serves God for money will serve the Devil for better wages.
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.
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.
We never think of the main business of life till a vain repentance minds us of it at the wrong end.
There is no contending with necessity, and we should be very tender how we censure those that submit to it. It is one thing to be at liberty to do what we will, and another thing to be tied up to do what we must.
A universal applause is seldom less than two thirds of a scandal
The devil helps his servants for a season; but when they get into a pinch; he leaves them in the lurch.
Wickedness may prosper for awhile, but in the long run, he that sets all the knaves at work will pay them.
It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone what it compares its situation to that can make anyone happy or miserable. Compare it to something better - result envy, frustration and sadness. Compare it to something worse - relief, gratitude and happiness.
Live and let live is the rule of common justice.
Wickedness may prosper for a while.
Men indulge those opinions and practices that favor their pretensions.
What signifies the sound of words in prayer without the affection of the heart, and a sedulous application of the proper means that may naturally lead us to such an end?
Passions, as fire and water, are good servants, but bad masters, and subminister to the best and worst purposes.
There is no creature so contemptible but by resolution may gain his point.
Pretences go a great way with men that take fair words and magisterial looks for current payment.
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.
There is no opposing brutal force to the stratagems of human reason.
He that upon a true principle lives, without any disquiet of thought, may be said to be happy.
Nothing is so fierce but love will soften; nothing so sharp-sighted in other matters but it will throw a mist before its eyes.
The very soul of the slothful does effectually but lie drowsing in his body, and the whole man is totally given up to his senses.
What man in his right senses, that has wherewithal to live free, would make himself a slave for superfluities? What does that man want who has enough? Or what is he the better for abundance that can never be satisfied.
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.
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