The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.
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It is a bore, I admit, to be past seventy, for you are left for execution, and are daily expecting the death-warrant; but it is not anything very capital we quit. We are, at the close of life, only hurried away from stomach-aches, pains in the joints, from sleepless nights and unamusing days, from weakness, ugliness, and nervous tremors; but we shall all meet again in another planet, cured of all our defects.
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No furniture is so charming as books.
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Live always in the best company when you read.
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I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
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Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.
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Never talk for half a minute without pausing and giving others a chance to join in.
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Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time.
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A great deal of talent is lost in the world for want of courage.
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I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
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Oh, don't tell me of facts -- I never believe facts: you know Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures.
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It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.
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Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
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Avoid shame but do not seek glory --nothing so expensive as glory.
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Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.
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A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.
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Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
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Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.
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To love and be loved is the great happiness of existence.
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Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.
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It resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
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Married couples resemble a pair of scissors, often moving in opposite directions, yet punishing anyone who gets in between them.
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What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?
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It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little. Do what you can.
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Bishop Berkeley destroyed this world in one volume octavo; and nothing remained, after his time, but mind; which experienced a similar fate from the hand of Mr. Hume in 1737.
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Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
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No man can ever end with being superior who will not begin with being inferior.
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Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.
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The object of preaching is to constantly remind mankind of what they keep forgetting; not to supply the intellect, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions.
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Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.
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A nation grown free in a single day is a child born with the limbs and the vigor of a man, who would take a drawn sword for his rattle, and set the house in a blaze that he might chuckle over the splendor.
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Whatever you are from nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else, and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.
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His enemies might have said before that he talked rather too much; but now he has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.
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He had occasional flashes of silence that made his conversation perfectly delightful.
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Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
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All this class of pleasures inspires me with the same nausea as I feel at the sight of rich plum-cake or sweetmeats; I prefer the driest bread of common life.
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Heat, ma am! It was so dreadful here that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.
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It is safest to be moderately base -- to be flexible in shame, and to be always ready for what is generous, good and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue.
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The writer does the most good who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.
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Smith, Sydney

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