Hope is itself a species of happiness, and perhaps the chief happiness which this world affords.
Ah! Sir, a boy's being flogged is not so severe as a man's having the hiss of the world against him.
As the Spanish proverb says, ''He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies, must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.'' So it is in travelling; a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.
The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
Melancholy, indeed, should be diverted by every means but drinking.
I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.
Prejudice not being funded on reason cannot be removed by argument.
No man was ever great by imitation.
What makes all doctrines plain and clear? About two hundred pounds a year. And that which was proved true before, prove false again? Two hundred more.
He was dull in a new way, and that made many people think him great.
That kind of life is most happy which affords us most opportunities of gaining our own esteem.
Sir, a man who cannot get to heaven in a green coat, will not find his way thither the sooner in a gray one.
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.
Wickedness is always easier than virtue, for it takes a short cut to everything.