Good-humor is allied to generosity, ill-humor to meanness.
Out of mind as soon as out of sight.
Man is the only creature endowed with the power of laughter.
The world is an excellent judge in general, but a very bad one in particular.
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.
What an argument in favor of social connections is the observation that by communicating our grief we have less, and by communicating our pleasure we have more.
Good-humor will sometimes conquer ill-humor, but ill-humor will conquer it oftener; and for this plain reason, good-humor must operate on generosity, ill-humor on meanness.
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.
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.
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?
Some characters are like some bodies in chemistry; very good, perhaps, in themselves, yet fly off and refuse the least conjunction with each other.
He whom God chooseth, out of doubt doth well:
What they that choose their God do, who can tell?
Removing prejudices is, alas! too often removing the boundary of a delightful near prospect in order to let in a shockingly extensive one.
Those men who are commended by everybody must be very extraordinary men; or, which is more probable, very inconsiderable men.
As charity covers a multitude of sins before God, so does politeness before men.
I have often thought that the nature of women was interior to that of men in general, but superior in particular.
Envy is but the smoke of low estate,
Ascending still against the fortunate.
There is an unfortunate disposition in a man to attend much more to the faults of his companions which offend him, than to their perfections which please him.
There is in some men a dispassionate neutrality of mind, which, though it generally passes for good temper, can neither gratify nor warm us: it must indeed be granted that these men can only negatively offend: but then it should also be remembered that they cannot positively please.
Whatever natural right men may have to freedom and independency, it is manifest that some men have a natural ascendency over others.
I hardly know a sight that raises one's indignation more than that of an enlarged soul joined to a contracted fortune; unless it be that so much more common one, of a contracted soul joined to an enlarged fortune.
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