Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion improves by observing, that the most swift are usually the least manageable and the most likely to stray from the course. Great abilities have always been less serviceable to the possessors than moderate ones.
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I can't say whether we had more wit among us now than usual, but I am certain we had more laughing, which answered the end as well.
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The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery.
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If one wishes to become rich they must appear rich.
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There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.
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I have known a German Prince with more titles than subjects, and a Spanish nobleman with more names than shirts.
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As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease.
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When a person has no need to borrow they find multitudes willing to lend.
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Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.
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Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side.
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You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
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Every absurdity has a champion to defend it; for error is always talkative.
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Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.
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The heart of every man lies open to the shafts of correction if the archer can take proper aim.
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Good counsel rejected returns to enrich the givers bosom.
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Crime generally punishes itself.
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Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.
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People seek within a short span of life to satisfy a thousand desires, each of which is insatiable.
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For he that fights and runs away, may live to fight another day, but he, who is in battle slain, can never rise and fight again.
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The doctor found, when she was dead, her last disorder mortal.
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A modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation.
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Thou source of all my bliss and all my woe, that found me poor at first, and keep me so.
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But in his duty prompt at every call, he watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all.
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People seldom improve when they have no other model, but themselves to copy after.
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To aim at excellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service.
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There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
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Some faults are so closely allied to qualities that it is difficult to weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
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Fear guides more than gratitude.
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The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.
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No one but a fool would measure their satisfaction by what the world thinks of it.
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Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry.
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Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
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Whenever you see a gaming table be sure to know fortune is not there. Rather she is always in the company of industry.
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Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.
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In all the silent manliness of grief.
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When any one of our relations was found to be a person of a very bad character, a troublesome guest, or one we desired to get rid of, upon his leaving my house I ever took care to lend him a riding-coat, or a pair of boots, or sometimes a horse of small value, and I always had the satisfaction of finding he never came back to return them.
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If frugality were established in the state, and if our expenses were laid out to meet needs rather than superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.
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The hours that we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with success.
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And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, that one small head could carry all he knew.
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The malicious sneer is improperly called laughter.
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The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.
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The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.
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The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
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Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.
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The life of man is a journey; a journey that must be traveled, however bad the roads or the accommodation.
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Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.
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Who can direct when all pretend to know?
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Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
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A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.
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You, that are going to be married, think things can never be done too fast: but we that are old, and know what we are about, must elope methodically, madam.
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Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes.
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Vain, very vain is my search to find; that happiness which only centers in the mind.
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Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.
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Take a dollar from a thousand and it will be a thousand no more.
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Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
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With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive.
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It seemed to me pretty plain, that they had more of love than matrimony in them.
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Persecution is a tribute the great must always pay for preeminence.
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There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher. Fontenelle says he would undertake to persuade the whole public of readers to believe that the sun was neither the cause of light or heat, if he could only get six philosophers on his side.
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Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.
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Our pleasures are short, and can only charm at intervals; love is a method of protraction our greatest pleasure.
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He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack, for he knew when he pleased he could whistle them back.
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The mind is ever ingenious in making its own distress.
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A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.
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We had no revolutions to fear, nor fatigues to undergo; all our adventures were by the fireside, and all our migrations from the blue bed to the brown.
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The jests of the rich are ever successful.
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Ridicule has always been the enemy of enthusiasm, and the only worthy opponent to ridicule is success.
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She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice, and trains up the other to virtue, is a much greater character than the ladies described in romance, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with shafts from their quiver or their eyes.
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Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!
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When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?
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I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines; and, I believe, Dorothy, you'll own I have been pretty fond of an old wife.
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Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace the day's disasters in his morning face.
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Tenderness is a virtue.
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Those that think must govern those that toil.
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Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.
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A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.
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Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, where wealth accumulates, and men decay.
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Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end.
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Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, and fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray.
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I... chose my wife as she did her wedding-gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well.
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Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.
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I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing.
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Goldsmith, Oliver

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