Books afford the surest relief in the most melancholy moments.
Incivility is the extreme of pride; it is built on the contempt of mankind.
Silence is a trick when it imposes. Pedants and scholars, churchmen and physicians, abound in silent pride.
There appears to exist a greater desire to live long than to live well! Measure by man's desires, he cannot live long enough; measure by his good deeds, and he has not lived long enough; measure by his evil deeds, and he has lived too long.
By fools, knaves fatten; by bigots, priests are well clothed; every knave finds a gull.
Indolent people, whatever taste they may have for society, seek eagerly for pleasure, and find nothing. They have an empty head and seared hearts.
Silence is the safest response for all the contradiction that arises from impertinence, vulgarity, or envy.
Though fancy may be the patient's complaint, necessity is often the doctor's.
By love?s delightful influence the attack of ill-humour is resisted, the violence of our passions abated, the bitter cup of affliction sweetened, all the injuries of the world alleviated, and the sweetest flowers plentifully strewed along the most thorny paths of life.
It would be a considerable consolation to the poor and discontented could they but see the means whereby the wealth they covet has been acquired, or the misery that it entails.
Suicides pay the world a bad compliment. Indeed, it may so happen that the world has been beforehand with them in incivility. Granted. Even then the retaliation is at their own expense.
Though our donations are made to please ourselves, we insist, upon those who receive our alms being pleased with them.
Comedians are not actors; they are only imitators of actors.
Leisure, the highest happiness upon earth, is seldom enjoyed with perfect satisfaction, except in solitude. Indolence and indifference do not always afford leisure; for true leisure is frequently found in that interval of relaxation which divides a painful duty from an agreeable recreation; a toilsome business from the more agreeable occupations of literature and philosophy.
Surmise is the gossamer that malice blows on fair reputations, the corroding dew that destroys the choice blossom. Surmise is primarily the squint of suspicion, and suspicion is established before it is confirmed.
Troops of furies march in the drunkard's triumph.
Conceit and confidence are both of them cheats; the first always imposes on itself, the second frequently deceives others too.
Liberal of cruelty are those who pamper with promises; promisers destroy while they deceive, and the hope they raise is dearly purchased by the dependence that is sequent to disappointment.
Take care to be an economist in prosperity; there is no fear of your being one in adversity.
Truth lies in a small compass! The Aristotelians say, all truth is contained in Aristotle, in one place or another. Galileo makes Simplicius say so, but shows the absurdity of that speech by answering all truth is contained in a lesser compass, namely, in the alphabet.
Contempt is frequently regulated by fashion.
Many good qualities are not sufficient to balance a single want - the want of money.
That happy state of mind, so rarely possessed, in which we can say, ?I have enough,? is the highest attainment of philosophy. Happiness consists, not in possessing much, but in being content with what we possess. He who wants little always has enough.
Unless the habit leads to happiness the best habit is to contract none.
Economy is an excellent lure to betray people into expense.