The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another.
It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.
I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. I cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it: ''What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me.''
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Jesters do often prove prophets.
No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
There is not any present moment that is unconnected with some future one. The life of every man is a continued chain of incidents, each link of which hangs upon the former. The transition from cause to effect, from event to event, is often carried on by secret steps, which our foresight cannot divine, and our sagacity is unable to trace. Evil may at some future period bring forth good; and good may bring forth evil, both equally unexpected.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country.
Our delight in any particular study, art, or science rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise becomes at length an entertainment.
It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.
Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.