Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket, and do not pull it out and strike it merely to show you have one. If you are asked what o'clock it is, tell it, but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman.
In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it thou art a fool.
Common sense is the best sense I know of.
Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves.
If you are not in fashion, you are nobody.
Know the true value of time snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness no laziness no procrastination never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
In those days he was wiser than he is now - he used frequently to take my advice.
Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least.
When a man wants your advice he generally wants your praise
Speak of the moderns without contempt and of the ancients without idolatry; judge them all by their merits, but not by their age
Most people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends.
Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.
Few people do business well who do nothing else
Without some dissimulation no business can be carried on at all
Character must be kept bright as well as clean.
Women, then, are only children of a larger growth
Wrongs are often forgiven; contempt never
A light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man who, by indigestion, a restless night, and a rainy morning would have proved a coward
Let dull critics feed upon the carcasses of plays; give me the taste and the dressing
Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.
The manner of a vulgar man has freedom without ease; the manner of a gentleman, ease without freedom
What men call gallantry, and gods adultery, is much more common where the climate's sultry.
You must embrace the man you hate, if you cannot be justified in knocking him down
Hear one side and you will be in the dark. Hear both and all will be clear.