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" A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still. "
" We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us. "
" At seventy-seven it is time to be in earnest. "
" Language is the dress of thought. "
" No man was ever great by imitation. "
" Paradise Lost is a book that, once put down, is very hard to pick up again. "
" The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope. "
" Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. "
" Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates. "
" The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. "
" He that will enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade. "
" No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library. "
" There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn. "
" Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it. "
" Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor. "
" What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. "
" The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking. "
" Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise. "
" He that overvalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them. "
" That we must all die, we always knew; I wish I had remembered it sooner. "
" Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect. "
" We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting. "
" A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good. "
" Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little. "
" So many objections may be made to everything, that nothing can overcome them but the necessity of doing something. "
" To get a name can happen but to few; it is one of the few things that cannot be brought. It is the free gift of mankind, which must be deserved before it will be granted, and is at last unwillingly bestowed. "
" There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern. "
" When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. "
" Exercise is labor without weariness. "
" When any calamity has been suffered the first thing to be remembered is, how much has been escaped. "
" Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives. "