It has been said that idleness is the parent of mischief, which is very true; but mischief itself is merely an attempt to escape from the dreary vacuum of idleness
Youth will be served, every dog has his day, and mine has been a fine one
I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep.
I have always been a friend to hero-worship; it is the only rational one, and has always been in use amongst civilized people.
Smoking has a sedative effect upon the nerves, and enables a man to bear the sorrows of this life (of which every one has his share) not only decently, but dignifiedly.
There's night and day, brother, both sweet things; sun, moon, and stars, brother, all sweet things; there's likewise a wind on the heath. Life is very sweet, brother; who would wish to die?
Sherry...a silly, sickly compound, the use of which will transform a nation, however bold and warlike by nature, into a race of sketchers, scribblers, and punsters, in fact into what Englishmen are at the present day.
The author of Amelia, the most singular genius which their island ever produced, whose works it has long been the fashion to abuse in public and to read in secret.
Next to the love of God, the love of country is the best preventive of crime.
Two great talkers will not travel far together.
A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.