There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our firends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please, that is, as they please or displease us.
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I do not think there is anything deserving the name of society to be found out of London.
Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel.
Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy.
Man is a make-believe animal: he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.
No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves.
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