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Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
– Samuel Johnson
The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.
I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man’s virtues the means of deceiving him.
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.
There are charms made only for distant admiration.
What makes all doctrines plain and clear? About two hundred pounds a year. And that which was proved true before, prove false again? Two hundred more.
The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.
Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o’clock is a scoundrel.
It is more from carelessness about truth than from intentionally lying that there is so much falsehood in the world.
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.
Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven’t courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.
By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time.
The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.
Bounty always receives part of its value from the manner in which it is bestowed.
Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.
Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.
The future is purchased by the present.
Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement.
Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.
I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.
Power is not sufficient evidence of truth.
The world is seldom what it seems; to man, who dimly sees, realities appear as dreams, and dreams realities.
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.
He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything.
The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going down.
Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.