There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.
More knowledge may be gained of a man's real character by a short conversation with one of his servants than from a formal and studied narrative, begun with his pedigree and ended with his funeral.
It is not true that people are naturally equal for no two people can be together for even a half an hour without one acquiring an evident superiority over the other.
Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment.
Why, Sir, most schemes of political improvement are very laughable things.
Sir, he throws away his money without thought and without merit. I do not call a tree generous that sheds its fruit at every breeze.
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.
So different are the colors of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past; and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.
By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time.
To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself.
Players, Sir! I look on them as no better than creatures set upon tables and joint stools to make faces and produce laughter, like dancing dogs.
The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.