We laugh heartily to see a whole flock of sheep jump because one did so. Might not one imagine that superior beings do the same, and for exactly the same reason?
True joy is only hope put out of fear.
Despair gives the shocking ease to the mind that a mortification gives to the body.
Good-humor is allied to generosity, ill-humor to meanness.
A lively and agreeable man has not only the merit of liveliness and agreeableness himself, but that also of awakening them in others.
I hardly know a sight that raises one's indignation more than that of an enlarged soul joined to a contracted fortune; unless it be that so much more common one, of a contracted soul joined to an enlarged fortune.
Out of mind as soon as out of sight.
What an argument in favor of social connections is the observation that by communicating our grief we have less, and by communicating our pleasure we have more.
The mind of man is this world's true dimension; and knowledge is the measure of the mind.
Weak men often from the very principle of their weakness derive a certain susceptibility; delicacy and taste which render them, in those particulars, much superior to men of stronger and more consistent minds, who laugh at them.
It is not enough that you can form nay, and follow, the most excellent rules for conducting yourself in the world. You must also know when to deviate from them, and where lies the exception.
Whatever natural right men may have to freedom and independency, it is manifest that some men have a natural ascendency over others.
I hardly know so true a mark of a little mind as the servile imitation of others.
Human knowledge is the parent of doubt.
Good-humor will sometimes conquer ill-humor, but ill-humor will conquer it oftener; and for this plain reason, good-humor must operate on generosity, ill-humor on meanness.
The world is an excellent judge in general, but a very bad one in particular.
A very small offence may be a just cause for great resentment: it is often much less the particular instance which is obnoxious to us than the proof it carries with it of the general tenor and disposition of the mind from whence it sprung.
Envy is but the smoke of low estate,
Ascending still against the fortunate.
Many with trust, with doubt few, are undone.
Vanity is the poison of agreeableness; yet as poison, when artfully and properly applied, has a salutary effect in medicine, so has vanity in the commerce and society of the world.
There is in some men a dispassionate neutrality of mind, which, though it generally passes for good temper, can neither gratify nor warm us: it must indeed be granted that these men can only negatively offend: but then it should also be remembered that they cannot positively please.
Avarice starves its possessor to fatten those who come after, and who are eagerly awaiting the demise of the accumulator.
There is an unfortunate disposition in a man to attend much more to the faults of his companions which offend him, than to their perfections which please him.
Discernment is a power of the understanding in which few excel. Is not that owing to its connection with impartiality and truth? for are not prejudice and partiality blind?
Respect is better procured by exacting than soliciting it.
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