Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
Upon the whole, I have always considered him, both in his lifetime and since his death, as approaching as nearly to the idea of a perfectly wise and virtuous man, as perhaps the nature of human frailty will permit.
Every man is, no doubt, by nature, first and principally recommended to his own care; and as he is fitter to take care of himself than of any other person, it is fit and right that it should be so.
A man must always live by his work, and his wages must at least be sufficient to maintain him. They must even upon most occasions be somewhat more, otherwise it would be impossible for him to bring up a family, and the race of such workmen could not last beyond the first generation.
Great ambition, the desire of real superiority, of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man, and speech is the great instrument of ambition.
Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.
A very poor man may be said in some sense to have a demand for a coach and six; he might like to have it; but his demand is not an effectual demand, as the commodity can never be brought to market in order to satisfy it.
A man must be perfectly crazy who, where there is tolerable security, does not employ all the stock which he commands,...
Nothing but the most exemplary morals can give dignity to a man of small fortune.