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" Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others. "
" There is a set of religious, or rather moral, writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true. "
" Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul. They always are heavily loaded, and you must bear half. "
" If we were faultless we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate. "
" Children are excellent observers, and will often perceive your slightest defects. In general, those who govern children, forgive nothing in them, but everything in themselves. "
" Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind. "
" Little opportunities should be improved. "
" All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers. "
" All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation. "
" Genuine good taste consists in saying much in few words, in choosing among our thoughts, in having order and arrangement in what we say, and in speaking with composure. "
" A good historian is timeless; although he is a patriot, he will never flatter his country in any respect. "