The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.
Pain is life -- the sharper, the more evidence of life.
Nothing puzzles me more than time and space;
and yet nothing troubles me less, as I never think about them.
The beggar is the only person in the universe not obliged to study appearance.
Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
I could never hate anyone I knew.
Riches are chiefly good because they give us time.
He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.
I love to lose myself in other men's minds.
When I am not walking, I am reading. I cannot sit and think; books think for me.
The vices of some men are magnificent.
'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.
Lawyers I suppose were children once.
In everything that relates to science, I am a whole Encyclopaedia behind the rest of the world.
Presents, I often say, endear absents.
Separate from the pleasure of your company, I don't much care if I never see another mountain in my life.
The beggar wears all colors fearing none.
The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.
A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noon-tide of our prosperity. He is known by his knock.
Don't introduce me to that man! I want to go on hating him, and I can't hate a man whom I know.
Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.
Why are we never quite at ease in the presence of a schoolmaster? Because we are conscious that he is not quite at his ease in ours. He is awkward, and out of place in the society of his equals. He comes like Gulliver from among his little people, and he cannot fit the stature of his understanding to yours.
Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value, to engage you to substantial gratitude. We thank them for nothing.
Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.
Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.
For God's sake (I never was more serious) don't make me ridiculous any more by terming me gentle-hearted in print... substitute drunken dog, ragged head, seld-shaven, odd-eyed, stuttering, or any other epithet which truly and properly belongs to the gentleman in question.
To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.
The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive - you are leaking.
Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.
A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins.
She unbent her mind afterwards - over a book.
Were I Diogenes, I would not move out of a kilderkin into a hogshead, though the first had had nothing but small beer in it, and the second reeked claret.
Nothing puzzles me more than the time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less.
Shakespeare is one of the last books one should like to give up, perhaps the one just before the Dying Service in a large Prayer book.
The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident.
So near are the boundaries of panegyric and invective, that a worn-out sinner is sometimes found to make the best declaimer against sin. The same high-seasoned descriptions which in his unregenerate state served to inflame his appetites, in his new province of a moralist will serve him (a little turned) to expose the enormity of those appetites in other men.
The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.
I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is.
The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days.
The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him.
We are content with less than absolute truth.
He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality.
I love to lose myself in other men's minds.
We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves.
We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.
A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.
When I consider how little of a rarity children are -- that every street and blind alley swarms with them -- that the poorest people commonly have them in most abundance -- that there are few marriages that are not blest with at least one of these bargains -- how often they turn out ill, and defeat the fond hopes of their parents, taking to vicious courses, which end in poverty, disgrace, the gallows, etc. -- I cannot for my life tell what cause for pride there can possibly be in having them.
Pain is life - the sharper, the more evidence of life.