The captain would...turn off the conversation, like a consummate man of the world, to some topic of general interest, such as the Opera, the Prince's last ball at Carlton House, or the weather - that blessing to society.
Who has not remarked the readiness with which the closest of friends and honestest of men suspect and accuse each other of cheating when they fall out on money matters? Everybody does it. Everybody is right, I suppose, and the world is a rogue.
It was the womens tribute to the war. It taxes both alike, and takes the blood of the men, and the tears of the women.
Nature has written a letter of credit upon some men's faces that is honored wherever presented. You cannot help trusting such men. Their very presence gives confidence. There is 'promise to pay' in their faces which gives confidence and you prefer it to another man's endorsement. Character is credit.
There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
Kindnesses are easily forgotten; but injuries! what worthy man does not keep those in mind?
'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.
If a man has committed wrong in life, I dont know any moralist more anxious to point his errors out to the world than his own relations.
I never knew whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.
Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed.
Might I give counsel to any man, I would say to him, try to frequent the company of your betters. In books and in life, that is the most wholesome society learn to admire rightly the great pleasure of life is that. Note what great men admire.
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