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A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
There is one piece of advice, in a life of study, which I think no one will object to and that is, every now and then to be completely idle - to do nothing at all.
You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.
Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.
A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.
Correspondences are like small clothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.
Errors to be dangerous must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation.
Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time.
Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
His enemies might have said before that he talked rather too much; but now he has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful.
It resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.
There is one piece of advice, in a life of study, which I think no one will object to; and that is, every now and then to be completely idle - to do nothing at all.
To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can.
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.
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