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It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.
May you live all the days of your life.
I row after health like a waterman...
A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?
A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
Faith he must make his stories shorter Or change his comrades once a quarter.
Fine words! I wonder where you stole them.
Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
How is it possible to expect mankind to take advice when they will not so much as take warning
Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provision of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction.
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.
I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.
I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.
It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind.
It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.
May you live every day of your life.
No wise man ever wished to be younger.
Nor do they trust their tongue alone, but speak a language of their own; can read a nod, a shrug, a look, far better than a printed book; convey a libel in a frown, and wink a reputation down.
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.
One of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid.
Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off.
Some people take more care to hide their wisdom than their folly.
The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
The two maxims of any great man at court are, always to keep his countenance and never to keep his work.
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
We have enough religion to hate each other, but not enough to love each other.
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love on another.
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love, one another.
What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly.
When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

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