Good-humor is allied to generosity, ill-humor to meanness.
It is not enough that you can form nay, and follow, the most excellent rules for conducting yourself in the world. You must also know when to deviate from them, and where lies the exception.
We should do by our cunning as we do by our courage--always have it ready to defend ourselves, never to offend others.
Men and statues that are admired ire an elevated situation have a very different effect upon us when we approach them; the first appear less than we imagined them, the last bigger.
I hardly know so melancholy a reflection as that parents are necessarily the sole directors of the management of children, whether they have or have not judgment, penetration or taste to perform the task.
Some characters are like some bodies in chemistry; very good, perhaps, in themselves, yet fly off and refuse the least conjunction with each other.
The world is an excellent judge in general, but a very bad one in particular.
Man is the only creature endowed with the power of laughter.
I have often thought that the nature of women was interior to that of men in general, but superior in particular.
Out of mind as soon as out of sight.
A very small offence may be a just cause for great resentment: it is often much less the particular instance which is obnoxious to us than the proof it carries with it of the general tenor and disposition of the mind from whence it sprung.
The brains of a pedant however full, are vacant.
As charity covers a multitude of sins before God, so does politeness before men.
Those men who are commended by everybody must be very extraordinary men; or, which is more probable, very inconsiderable men.
Removing prejudices is, alas! too often removing the boundary of a delightful near prospect in order to let in a shockingly extensive one.
Unbecoming forwardness oftener proceeds from ignorance than impudence.
The mind of man is this world's true dimension; and knowledge is the measure of the mind.
To divest one's self of some prejudices would be like taking off the skin to feel the better.
We laugh heartily to see a whole flock of sheep jump because one did so. Might not one imagine that superior beings do the same, and for exactly the same reason?
A proud man never shows his pride so much as when he is civil.
True delicacy, as true generosity, is more wounded by an offence from itself--if I may be allowed the expression--than to itself.
He whom God chooseth, out of doubt doth well:
What they that choose their God do, who can tell?
True joy is only hope put out of fear.
A lively and agreeable man has not only the merit of liveliness and agreeableness himself, but that also of awakening them in others.
I hardly know so true a mark of a little mind as the servile imitation of others.
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