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Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.
– Laurence Sterne
People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy.
An actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.
Keyholes are the occasions of more sin and wickedness, than all other holes in this world put together.
People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.
One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.
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!
I take a simple view of life. It is keep your eyes open and get on with it.
Only the brave know how to forgive… a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.
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.
Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.
An English man does not travel to see English men.
Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.
The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.
Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.
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.
Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.
Of all duties, prayer certainly is the sweetest and most easy.
In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
Titles of honor are like the impressions on coins, which add no value to gold or silver, but only render brass current.
God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.
Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.
But this is neither here nor there why do I mention it? Ask my pen, it governs me, I govern not it.
‘Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and of obstinacy in a bad one.
A dwarf who brings a standard along with him to measure his own size, take my word, is a dwarf in more articles than one.