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" By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time. "
" The future is purchased by the present. "
" Exercise is labor without weariness. "
" Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity. "
" Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find? "
" Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable. "
" It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done. "
" The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression. "
" Power is not sufficient evidence of truth. "
" In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it. "
" Disease generally begins that equality which death completes. "
" No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned... a man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company. "
" It is better to live rich than to die rich. "
" Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it. "
" If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it? "
" A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek. "
" The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne. "
" Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates. "
" It generally happens that assurance keeps an even pace with ability. "
" Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. "
" When a man says he had pleasure with a woman he does not mean conversation. "
" I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world. "
" All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil. "
" Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess. "
" 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. "
" I am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice. "
" A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him. "
" There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible. "
" So many objections may be made to everything, that nothing can overcome them but the necessity of doing something. "
" Every man who attacks my belief, diminishes in some degree my confidence in it, and therefore makes me uneasy; and I am angry with him who makes me uneasy. "
" Read over your compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out. "