When people find a man of the most distinguished abilities as a writer their inferior while he is with them, it must behighly gratifying to them.
Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises and by eloquence sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetick..
A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
Avarice is generally the last passion of those lives of which the first part has been squandered in pleasure, and the second devoted to ambition. He that sinks under the fatigue of getting wealth, lulls his age with the milder business of saving it.
The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.
Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.
In solitude we have our dreams to ourselves, and in company we agree to dream in concert.
In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath.
Secure, whate'er he gives, he gives the best.
We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found, and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.
I deny the lawfulness of telling a lie to a sick man for fear of alarming him; you have no business with consequences you are to tell the truth.
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and perhaps the chief happiness which this world affords.
Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.
A jest's prosperity lies in the ear of him that hears it, Never in the tongue of him that makes it.
Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.