The more you speak of yourself, the more you are likely to lie.
The ill usage of every minute is a new record against us in heaven.
There appears to exist a greater desire to live long than to live well! Measure by man's desires, he cannot live long enough; measure by his good deeds, and he has not lived long enough; measure by his evil deeds, and he has lived too long.
Who conquers indolence conquers all other hereditary sins.
Do not think that your Learning and Genius, your Wit or Sprightliness, are welcome everywhere. I was once told that my Company was disagreeable because I appeared so uncommonly happy.
Thought and action are the redeeming features of our lives.
Egotism is more like an offense, than a crime; though it is allowable to speak of yourself, provided nothing is advanced in favor; but I cannot help suspecting that those who abuse themselves are, in reality, angling for approbation.
Troops of furies march in the drunkard's triumph.
Though fancy may be the patient's complaint, necessity is often the doctor's.
All our distinctions ire accidental; beauty and deformity, though personal qualities, are neither entitled to praise nor censure; yet it so happens that they color our opinion of those qualities to which mankind have attached responsibility.
News-hunters have great leisure, with little thought; much petty ambition to be considered intelligent, without any other pretension than being able to communicate what they have just learned.
An everlasting tranquility is, in my imagination, the highest possible felicity, because I know of no felicity on earth higher than that which a peaceful mind and contented heart afford.
Indolent people, whatever taste they may have for society, seek eagerly for pleasure, and find nothing. They have an empty head and seared hearts.
The sluggard is a living insensible.
In fame's temple there is always a niche to be found for rich dunces, importunate scoundrels, or successful butchers of the human race.
That happy state of mind, so rarely possessed, in which we can say, "I have enough," is the highest attainment of philosophy.
Economy is an excellent lure to betray people into expense.
Fools with bookish knowledge art children with edged weapons; they hurt themselves, and put others in pain.
Unless the habit leads to happiness the best habit is to contract none.
When we meet with better fare than was expected, the disappointment is overlooked even by the unscrupulous. When we meet with worse than was expected, philosophers alone know how to make it better.
In the sallies of badinage a polite fool shines; but in gravity he is as awkward as an elephant disporting.
Contempt is frequently regulated by fashion.
There are few mortals so insensible that their affections cannot he gained by mildness, their confidence by sincerity, their hatred by scorn or neglect
Never lose sight of this important truth, that no one can be truly great until he has gained a knowledge of himself, a knowledge which can only be acquired by occasional retirement.
Comedians are not usually actors, but imitations of actors.
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