No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company.
Round numbers are always false.
I hate a fellow whom pride, or cowardice, or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl; let him come out as I do, and bark.
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.
Much may be made of a Scotchman, if he be caught young.
I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.
A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.
Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.
Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull in a new way, and that made many people think him great.
Many things difficult in design prove easy in performance.
Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree. We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.