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The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.
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.
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?
Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
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.
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.
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.
The two maxims of any great man at court are, always to keep his countenance and never to keep his work.
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
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