A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed.
The weak and insipid white wine makes at length excellent vinegar.
A fool and his words are soon parted.
Men are sometimes accused of pride, merely because their accusers would be proud themselves were they in their places.
Health is beauty, and the most perfect health is the most perfect beauty.
Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.
To one who said, "I do not believe that there is an honest man in the world," another replied, "It is impossible that any one man should know all the world, but quite possible that one may know himself."
A miser grows rich by seeming poor. An extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
Long sentences in a short composition are like large rooms in a little house.
Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it.
Love can be founded upon Nature only.
Independence may be found in comparative as well as in absolute abundance; I mean where a person contracts his desires within the limits of his fortune.
I have been formerly so silly as to hope that every servant I had might be made a friend; I am now convinced that the nature of servitude generally bears a contrary tendency. People's characters are to be chiefly collected from their education and place in life; birth itself does but little.
Learning, like money, may be of so base a coin as to be utterly void of use; or, if sterling, may require good management to make it serve the purposes of sense or happiness.
Theirs is the present who can praise the past.
Nothing is sure in London, except expense.
Fools are very often united in the strictest intimacies, as the lighter kinds of woods are the most closely glued together.
A person that would secure to himself great deference will, perhaps, gain his point by silence as effectually as by anything he can say.
The eye must be easy, before it can be pleased.
To thee, fair Freedom! I retire From flattery, cards, and dice, and din: Nor art thou found in mansions higher Than the low cot, or humble inn.
Taste is pursued at a less expense than fashion.
The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical.
Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.
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