Logic is the art of thinking well: the mind, like the body, requires to be trained before it can use its powers in the most advantageous way.
Such is the power of imagination, that even a chimerical pleasure in expectation affects us more than a solid pleasure in possession.
An agreeable figure and winning manner, which inspire affection without love, are always new. Beauty loses its relish, the graces never, after the longest acquaintance, they are no less agreeable than at first.
Were wisdom to be sold, she would give no price; every man is satisfied with the share he has from nature.
The sordid meal of the Cynics contributed neither to their tranquillity nor to their modesty. Pride went with Diogenes into his tub; and there he had the presumption to command Alexander the haughtiest of all men.
The mind is never more highly gratified than in contemplating a natural landscape.
Beauty loses its relish; the graces never.
No man ever did a designed injury to another, but at the same time he did a greater to himself.
Men are guided less by conscience than by glory; and yet the shortest way to glory is to be guided by conscience.
The indulgence of revenge tends to make men more savage and cruel.
Luxury may possibly contribute to give bread to the poor; but if there were no luxury, there would be no poor.
Violent passions are formed in solitude. In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression.
A great mind will neither give an affront nor bear it.
False praise is always confined to the great.
An infallible way to make your child miserable is to satisfy all his demands.
Nothing so uncertain as general reputation. A man injures me from humor, passion, or interest; hates me because he has injured me; and speaks ill of me because he hates me.
Ridicule, which chiefly arises from pride, a selfish passion, is but at best a gross pleasure, too rough an entertainment for those who are highly polished and refined.
Genius is allied to a warm and inflammable constitution; delicacy of taste, to calmness and sedateness. Hence it is common to find genius in one who is a prey to every passion.
As nice as we are in love, we forgive more faults in that than in friendship.
To a zealot every one of his own sect is a saint, while the most upright of a different sect are to him children of perdition.
A rich man cannot enjoy a sound mind nor a sound body without exercise and abstinence; and yet these are truly the worst ingredients of poverty.
Parsimony is enough to make the master of the golden mines as poor as he that has nothing; for a man may be brought to a morsel of bread by parsimony as well as profusion.
An infallible way to make your child miserable is to satisfy all his demands. Passion swells by gratification; and the impossibility of satisfying every one of his demands will oblige you to stop short at last, after he has become a little headstrong.
Every man, however little, makes a figure in his own eyes.
If you should escape the censure of others, hope not to escape your own.
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