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  1. Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.


  2. Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.


  3. In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.


  4. The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.




  5. Look into the world


  6. Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.


  7. People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy.


  8. One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.


  9. For every ten jokes you acquire a hundred enemies.


  10. Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.


  11. The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.


  12. I am persuaded that every time a man smiles, but much more so when he laughs, it adds something to this fragment of life.


  13. Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.


  14. A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.


  15. We lose the right of complaining sometimes, by denying something, but this often triples its force.


  16. It is a great pity but tis certain from every day's observation of man, that he may be set on fire like a candle, at either end provided there is a sufficient wick standing out.


  17. Positiveness is an absurd foible. If you are in the right, it lessens your triumph; if in the wrong, it adds shame to your defeat.


  18. Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions.


  19. The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.


  20. So long as a man rides his Hobby-Horse peaceably and quietly along the King's highway, and neither compels you or me to get up behind him -- pray, Sir, what have either you or I to do with it?


  21. Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world, - though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst, - the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!


  22. There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse.


  23. Religion which lays so many restraints upon us, is a troublesome companion to those who will lay no restraints upon themselves.


  24. 'Tis no extravagant arithmetic to say, that for every ten jokes, thou hast got an hundred enemies; and till thou hast gone on, and raised a swarm of wasps about thine ears, and art half stung to death by them, thou wilt never be convinced it is so.

    • humor

  25. I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me.


  26. Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.


  27. I once asked a hermit in Italy how he could venture to live alone, in a single cottage, on the top of a mountain, a mile from any habitation? He replied, that Providence was his next-door neighbor.


  28. When ever a person talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not their reason, but their passions, which have got the better of their beliefs. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors; and when they separate, depend on it that it is for the sake of peace and quiet.


  29. Only the brave know how to forgive... a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.


  30. Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.


  31. So much of motion, is so much of life, and so much of joy, and to stand still, or get on but slowly, is death and the devil.


  32. What is the life of man! Is it not to shift from side to side? From sorrow to sorrow? To button up one cause of vexation! And unbutton another!


  33. In all unmerciful actions, the worst of men pay this compliment at least to humanity, as to endeavour to wear as much of the appearance of it, as the case will well let them.


  34. First, whenever a man talks loudly against religion, always suspect that it is not his reason, but his passions, which have got the better of his creed. A bad life and a good belief are disagreeable and troublesome neighbors, and where they separate, depend upon it, 'Tis for no other cause but quietness sake.

    • atheism

  35. Alas! if the principles of contentment are not within us, the height of station and worldly grandeur will as soon add a cubit to a man's stature as to his happiness.



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