It is more important to detect corruption than fiction.
What is called liberality is often no more than the vanity of giving, of which some persons are fonder than of what they give.
In taking revenge upon our enemies, we are only even with them; in passing over their malice we are superior.
A hero in one age will be a hero in another.
No woman is envious of another's virtue who is conscious of her own.
We are better deceived by having some truth told us than none.
Truth is too weak to combat prejudice.
Custom ... changes the very nature of things; and what was honorable a thousand years ago, may probably be looked upon as infamous now.
The law has no power over heroes.
Whatever is done by design is always overdone.
There is no logic like the logic of the heart.
When Actions are a Censure upon themselves, the Reciter will always be consider'd as a Satirist.
Truth is not always injured by fiction.
The life of a good man is a continual prayer.
The silence of a man who loves to praise is a censure sufficiently severe.
When a person is found less guilty than he is suspected, he is concluded more innocent than he really is.
It is easy to be just when our own inclinations do not oppose it.
The motives even of our best actions will not always bear examination.
Politeness is sometimes a great tax upon sincerity.
Nothing is more common than for persons to hate those whom they have injured.
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