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" All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little. "
" Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other. "
" Honour sinks where commerce long prevails. "
" They say women and music should never be dated. "
" The jests of the rich are ever successful. "
" Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes. "
" Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues. "
" Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall. "
" Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning. "
" People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy. "
" Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw. "
" 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! "
" You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. "
" There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue. "
" Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse. "
" I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population. "
" 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. "
" Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes. "
" I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well. "
" Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same. "
" 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? "
" With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive. "
" Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better. "
" Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves. "
" If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales. "
" Where wealth accumulates, men decay. "
" 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. "
" Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law. "
" Tenderness is a virtue. "
" Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook. "
" I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. "