Such is the power of imagination, that even a chimerical pleasure in expectation affects us more than a solid pleasure in possession.
An infallible way to make your child miserable is to satisfy all his demands. Passion swells by gratification; and the impossibility of satisfying every one of his demands will oblige you to stop short at last, after he has become a little headstrong.
Were wisdom to be sold, she would give no price; every man is satisfied with the share he has from nature.
To a zealot every one of his own sect is a saint, while the most upright of a different sect are to him children of perdition.
Men are guided less by conscience than by glory; and yet the shortest way to glory is to be guided by conscience.
Luxury may possibly contribute to give bread to the poor; but if there were no luxury, there would be no poor.
The sordid meal of the Cynics contributed neither to their tranquillity nor to their modesty. Pride went with Diogenes into his tub; and there he had the presumption to command Alexander the haughtiest of all men.
An agreeable figure and winning manner, which inspire affection without love, are always new. Beauty loses its relish, the graces never, after the longest acquaintance, they are no less agreeable than at first.
Logic is the art of thinking well: the mind, like the body, requires to be trained before it can use its powers in the most advantageous way.
Ridicule, which chiefly arises from pride, a selfish passion, is but at best a gross pleasure, too rough an entertainment for those who are highly polished and refined.
When you descant on the faults of others, consider whether you be not guilty of the same. To gain knowledge of ourselves, the best way is to convert the imperfections of others into a mirror for discovering our own.
Violent passions are formed in solitude. In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression.
No man ever did a designed injury to another, but at the same time he did a greater to himself.
Beauty loses its relish; the graces never.
The mind is never more highly gratified than in contemplating a natural landscape.
If you should escape the censure of others, hope not to escape your own.
A great mind will neither give an affront nor bear it.
A rich man cannot enjoy a sound mind nor a sound body without exercise and abstinence; and yet these are truly the worst ingredients of poverty.
Parsimony is enough to make the master of the golden mines as poor as he that has nothing; for a man may be brought to a morsel of bread by parsimony as well as profusion.
Every man, however little, makes a figure in his own eyes.
Genius is allied to a warm and inflammable constitution; delicacy of taste, to calmness and sedateness. Hence it is common to find genius in one who is a prey to every passion.
Whoever appears to have much cunning has in reality very little; being deficient in the essential article, which is, to hide cunning.
Custom is the great leveller. It corrects the inequality of fortune by lessening equally the pleasures of the prince and the pains of the peasant.
Seldom do we talk of ourselves with success. If I condemn myself, more is believed than is expressed; if I praise myself, much less.
As nice as we are in love, we forgive more faults in that than in friendship.
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