Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.
Among all the diseases of the mind there is not one more epidemical or more pernicious than the love of flattery.
People spend their lives in the service of their passions instead of employing their passions in the service of their lives.
Readings is to the mind what exercice is to the body.
Vanity makes people ridiculous, pride odious, and ambition terrible.
He that has sense knows that learning is not knowledge, but rather the art of using it.
A lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack, and one trick needs a great many more to make it good.
There is no Pleasure like that of receiving Praise from the Praiseworthy
Whoever would be wise should read the Proverbs; whoever would be holy should read the Psalms.
I know of no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing it with an exception.
The person, whom you favored with a loan, if he be a good man, will think himself in your debt after he has paid you.
A Daughter: The companion, the friend, and the confidant of her mother, and the object of a pleasure something like the love between the angels to her father.
No woman is capable of being beautiful who is not incapable of being false.
Pleasure, when it is a man's chief purpose, disappoints itself; and the constant application to it palls the faculty of enjoying it.
Whether a pretty woman grants or withholds her favors, she always likes to be asked for them.
It is a very melancholy reflection that men are usually so weak that it is absolutely necessary for them to know sorrow and pain to be in their right senses.
That man never grows old who keeps a child in his heart
Mutual good humor is a dress we ought to appear in wherever we meet, and we should make no mention of what concerns ourselves, without it be of matters wherein our friends ought to rejoice.
Since we cannot promise our selves constant health, let us endeavour at such temper as may be our best support in the decay of it.
It is a secret known but to few, yet of no small use in the conduct of life, that when you fall into a man's conversation, the first thing you should consider is, whether he has a greater inclination to hear you, or that you should hear him.
It is a wonderful thing that so many, and they not reckoned absurd, shall entertain those with whom they converse by giving them the history of their pains and aches and imagine such narrations their quota of conversation.
Simplicity of all things is the hardest to be copy.
I look upon it as a Point of Morality, to be obliged by those who endeavour to oblige me
The world is grown so full of dissimulation and compliment, that men's words are hardly any signification of their thoughts.
When a man has no design but to speak plain truth, he may say a great deal in a very narrow compass.
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