We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.
A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.
A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.
The pretended admission of a fault on our part creates an excellent impression.
Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.
The gifts of nature are infinite in their variety, and mind differs from mind almost as much as body from body.
Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
To swear, except when necessary, is becoming to an honorable man.
Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune.
For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay, void of all reason, rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor.
It is fitting that a liar should be a man of good memory.
In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.
Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.
It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity.
Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
That which prematurely arrives at perfection soon perishes.
While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin. the opportunity is lost.
Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.
The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery.
Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.
We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended.
Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire.
Our minds are like our stomaches; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.