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Honour sinks where commerce long prevails.
– Oliver Goldsmith
The jests of the rich are ever successful.
There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.
A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.
Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.
I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.
All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.
Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.
Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.
Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
Where wealth accumulates, men decay.
The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.
When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.
Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
Tenderness is a virtue.
Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.
The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.
I love everything that’s old, – old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.
Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!
Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw.