The reasons which any man offers to you for his own conduct betray his opinion of your character.
We are not so easily guided by our most prominent weaknesses as by those of which we are least aware.
If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely.
Remember that in giving any reason at all for refusing, you lay some foundation for a future request.
Few have wished for memory so much as they have longed for forgetfulness.
The man who could withstand, with his fellow-men in single line, a charge of cavalry may lose all command of himself on the occurrence of a fire in his own house, because of some homely reminiscence unknown to the observing bystander.
It is better in some respects to be admired by those with whom you live than to be loved by them; and this not on account of any gratification of vanity, but because admiration is so much more tolerant than love.
It is quite impossible to understand the character of a person from one action, however striking that action may be.
The world will tolerate many vices, but not their diminutives.
Many a man has a kind of a kaleidoscope, where the bits of broken glass are his own merits and fortunes; and they fall into harmonious arrangements, and delight him, often most mischievously and to his ultimate detriment; but they are a present pleasure.
A great and frequent error in our judgment of human nature is to suppose that those sentiments and feelings have no existence, which may be only for a time concealed. The precious metals are not found at the surface of the earth, except in sandy places.
Any one who is much talked of be much maligned. This seems to be a harsh conclusion; but when you consider how much more given men are to depreciate than to appreciate, you will acknowledge that there is some truth in the saying.
It is in length of patience, endurance and forbearance that so much of what is good in mankind and womankind is shown.
You cannot ensure the gratitude of others for a favour conferred upon them in the way which is most agreeable to yourself.
War may be the game of kings, but, like the games at ancient Rome, it is generally exhibited to please and pacify the people.
Selfishness, when it is punished by the world, is mostly punished because it is connected with egotism.
No man who has not sat in the assemblies of men can know the light, odd and uncertain ways in which decisions are often arrived at.
A man's action is only a picture book of his creed.
The heroic example of other days is in great part the source of the courage of each generation; and men walk up composedly to the most perilous enterprises, beckoned onward by the shades of the brave that were.
Pride, if not the origin, is the medium of all wickedness-the atmosphere without which it would instantly die away.
They tell us that "Pity is akin to Love;" if so, Pity must be a poor relation.
No man has ever praised to persons equally-and pleased them both.
People resemble still more the time in which they live, than they resemble their fathers.
Do not shun this maxim because it is common-place. On the contrary, take the closest heed of what observant men, who would probably like to show originality, are yet constrained to repeat. Therein lies the marrow of the wisdom of the world.
Almost all human affairs are tedious. Everything is too long. Visits, dinners, concerts, plays, speeches, pleadings, essays, sermons, are too long. Pleasure and business labor equally under this defect, or, as I should rather say, this fatal super-abundance.
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