A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.
– Joseph Addison
That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?
The post of honour is a private station.
A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.
The utmost extent of man’s knowledge, is to know that he knows nothing.
Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger; the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind, the latter to preserve themselves.
A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.
A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.
Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.
No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.
Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
The Mind that lies fallow but a single Day, sprouts up in Follies that are only to be killed by a constant and assiduous Culture.
A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
There is nothing more requisite in business than despatch.
The woman that deliberates is lost.
An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.
A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.
Talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble.
Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion.
Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.
To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to recieve all the great truths which atheism would deny.
Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts; in a uniform manner.
A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.