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It is not so difficult a task to plant new truths, as to root out old errors for there is this paradox in men, they run after that which is new, but are prejudiced in favor of that which is old.
The consequences of things are not always proportionate to the apparent magnitude of those events that have produced them. Thus the American Revolution, from which little was expected, produced much; but the French Revolution, from which much was expected, produced little.
The greatest and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least--the privilege of making others happy.
To dare to live alone is the rarest courage since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as those that have just turned saints.
Deliberate with caution, but act with decision and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.
Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.
He that knows himself, knows others and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads.
If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village If you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; If you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
In America every woman has her set of girl-friends some are cousins, the rest are gained at school. These form a permanent committee who sit on each other's affairs, who 'come out' together, marry and divorce together, and who end as those groups of bustling, heartless well-informed club-women who govern society. Against them the Couple of Ehepaar is helpless and Man in their eyes but a biological interlude.
Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.
Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.
Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction for the life of man.
Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness, when bequeathed by those who. when alive, would not have contributed.
Riches may enable us to confer favours, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give.
The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility.
The society of dead authors has this advantage over that of the living: they never flatter us to our faces, nor slander us behind our backs, nor intrude upon our privacy, nor quit their shelves until we take them down.
The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are wealth, health, and power.
There are two modes of establishing our reputation to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
There are two modes of establishing our reputation: to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms.
To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it for when we fail our pride supports us when we succeed, it betrays us.
To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail our pride supports us; when we succeed, it betrays us.
To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it.
We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
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