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Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided.
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. One great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
We are a kind of Chameleons, taking our hue - the hue of our moral character, from those who are about us.
Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip.
I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits.
Earthly minds, like mud walls, resist the strongest batteries; and though, perhaps, somethimes the force of a clear argument may make some impression, yet they nevertheless stand firm, keep out the enemy, truth, that would captivate or disturbe them.
I think it every man's indispensable duty to do all the service he can to his country and I see not what difference he puts between himself and his cattle who lives without that thought.
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without anyother reason but because they are not already common.
Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves.
Till a man can judge whether they be truths or not, his understanding is but little improved, and thus men of much reading, though greatly learned, but may be little knowing.