There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind.
Life is too short for a long story.
I hate the noise and hurry inseparable from great Estates and Titles, and look upon both as blessings that ought only to be given to fools, for 'tis only to them that they are blessings.
Prudent people are very happy 'tis an exceeding fine thing, that's certain, but I was born without it, and shall retain to my day of Death the Humour of saying what I think.
I am sorry for the untimely death of poor Lord Cornbury. He had certainly a very good heart; I have often thought it a great pity it was not under the direction of a better head.
Philosophy is the toil which can never tire persons engaged in it. All ways are strewn with roses, and the farther you go, the more enchanting objects appear before you and invite you on.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
I give myself sometimes admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.
People commonly educate their children as they build their houses, according to some plan they think beautiful, without considering whether it is suited to the purposes for which they are designed.
There is nothing can pay one for that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth, those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity which makes all the happiness of life.
Writers of novels and romance in general bring a double loss to their readers; robbing them of their time and money; representing men, manners, and things, that never have been, or are likely to be.
Tis a sort of duty to be rich, that it may be in one's power to do good, riches being another word for power.
The ultimate end of your education was to make you a good wife.
The pretty fellows you speak of, I own entertain me sometimes, but is it impossible to be diverted with what one despises? I can laugh at a puppet show, at the same time I know there is nothing in it worth my attention or regard.
Time has the same effect on the mind as on the face; the predominant passion and the strongest feature become more conspicuous from the others' retiring.