A fool and his words are soon parted.
Taste is pursued at a less expense than fashion.
A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
For seldom shall she hear a tale So sad, so tender, and so true.
A little bench of heedless bishops here, And there a chancellor in embryo.
Her cap, far whiter than the driven snow, Emblems right meet of decency does yield.
Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts.
Whoe'er has travell'd life's dull round, Where'er his stages may have been, May sigh to think he still has found The warmest welcome at an inn.
Think when you are enraged at any one, what would probably Become your sentiments should he die during the dispute.
The world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters.
The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical.
A man has generally the good or ill qualities, which he attributes to mankind.
Hope is a flatterer, but the most upright of all parasites; for she frequents the poor man's hut, as well as the palace of his superior.
Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.
Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it.
Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite, that you often diminish the one as you increase the other. Variety is most akin to the latter, simplicity to the former.
The eye must be easy, before it can be pleased.
My banks they are furnish'd with bees, Whose murmur invites one to sleep.
Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.
Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed.
A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim.
I have found out a gift for my fair I have found where the wood-pigeons breed.
Of all that gives politeness birth,Of all that claims to please,In motion, manners, or in mirth,The surest source is ease.
The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend, is the moment you receive them. Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate.
The regard one shows economy, is like that we show an old aunt who is to leave us something at last.
Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.
His knowledge of books had in some degree diminished his knowledge of the world.
Every single instance of a friend's insincerity increases our dependence on the efficacy of money.
Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true.
Nothing is certain in London but expense.
So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return.
A fool and his words are soon parted a man of genius and his money.
Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.
There is nothing more universally commended than a fine day; the reason is that people can commend it without envy.
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