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" A fool and his words are soon parted. "
" The world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters. "
" The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical. "
" Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases. "
" Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts. "
" Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true. "
" There is nothing more universally commended than a fine day; the reason is that people can commend it without envy. "
" A man has generally the good or ill qualities, which he attributes to mankind. "
" Every single instance of a friend's insincerity increases our dependence on the efficacy of money. "
" His knowledge of books had in some degree diminished his knowledge of the world. "
" What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim. "
" The regard one shows economy, is like that we show an old aunt who is to leave us something at last. "
" Hope is a flatterer, but the most upright of all parasites; for she frequents the poor man's hut, as well as the palace of his superior. "
" Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite, that you often diminish the one as you increase the other. Variety is most akin to the latter, simplicity to the former. "
" The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend, is the moment you receive them. Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate. "
" Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it. "
" Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed. "
" The eye must be easy, before it can be pleased. "
" Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it. "
" Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world. "
" A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich. "
" Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it. "
" A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood. "