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Those we dislike can do nothing to please us.
– Samuel Richardson
The little words in the Republic of Letters, like the little folks in a nation, are the most useful and significant.
A beautiful woman must expect to be more accountable for her steps, than one less attractive.
Nothing in human nature is so God-like as the disposition to do good to our fellow-creatures.
The first reading of a Will, where a person dies worth anything considerable, generally affords a true test of the relations’ love to the deceased.
The life of a good man is a continual warfare with his passions.
There is a pride, a self-love, in human minds that will seldom be kept so low as to make men and women humbler than they ought to be.
There would be no supporting life were we to feel quite as poignantly for others as we do for ourselves.
There hardly can be a greater difference between any two men, than there too often is, between the same man, a lover and a husband.
Men will bear many things from a kept mistress, which they would not bear from a wife.
Quantity in diet is more to be regarded than quality. A full meal is a great enemy both to study and industry.
Great allowances ought to be made for the petulance of persons laboring under ill-health.
Tutors who make youth learned do not always make them virtuous.
Honeymoon lasts not nowadays above a fortnight.
A widow’s refusal of a lover is seldom so explicit as to exclude hope.
Let a man do what he will by a single woman, the world is encouragingly apt to think Marriage a sufficient amends.
It is much easier to find fault with others, than to be faultless ourselves.
Women are so much in love with compliments that rather than want them, they will compliment one another, yet mean no more by it than the men do.
Calamity is the test of integrity.
Men generally are afraid of a wife who has more understanding than themselves.
Those who can least bear a jest upon themselves, will be most diverted with one passed on others.
People who act like angels ought to have angels to deal with.
All our pursuits, from childhood to manhood, are only trifles of different sorts and sizes, proportioned to our years and views.
Women do not often fall in love with philosophers.
Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity.
To be a clergyman, and all that is compassionate and virtuous, ought to be the same thing.
All human excellence is but comparative. There may be persons who excel us, as much as we fancy we excel the meanest.
Every one, more or less, loves Power, yet those who most wish for it are seldom the fittest to be trusted with it.
The difference in the education of men and women must give the former great advantages over the latter, even where geniuses are equal.
Sorrow makes an ugly face odious.