It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.
A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.
When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.
I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.
Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.
Wine gives a man nothing.. It only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern.. No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.
Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.
Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.
The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.
You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.