In plain truth, lying is an accursed vice. We are not men, nor have any other tie upon another, but by our word.
But sure there is need of other remedies than dreaming, a weak contention of art against nature.
Once you have decided to keep a certain pile, it is no longer yours; for you can't spend it.
In true education, anything that comes to our hand is as good as a book: the prank of a page- boy, the blunder of a servant, a bit of table talk -- they are all part of the curriculum.
Wisdom hath her excesses, and no less need of moderation than folly.
Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.
There are few men who dare to publish to the world the prayers they make to Almighty God.
The thing I fear most is fear.
No profession or occupation is more pleasing than the military; a profession or exercise both noble in execution (for the strongest, most generous and proudest of all virtues is true valor) and noble in its cause. No utility either more just or universal than the protection of the repose or defense of the greatness of one's country. The company and daily conversation of so many noble, young and active men cannot but be well-pleasing to you.
There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.
Every abridgement of a good book is a fool abridged.
It is not the want, but rather abundance that creates avarice.
Let Nature have her way; she understands her business better than we do.
He who has not a good memory should never take upon himself the trade of lying.
If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.