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.
A fool and his words are soon parted.
The weak and insipid white wine makes at length excellent vinegar.
Deference is the most complicate, the most indirect, and the most elegant of all compliments.
Health is beauty, and the most perfect health is the most perfect beauty.
Long sentences in a short composition are like large rooms in a little house.
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."
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.
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.
Love can be founded upon Nature only.
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.
A miser grows rich by seeming poor. An extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
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.
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.
Men are sometimes accused of pride, merely because their accusers would be proud themselves were they in their places.
The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend, is the moment you receive them. Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate.
Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.
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.
The world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters.
Necessity may be the mother of lucrative invention, but it is the death of poetical invention.
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