An everlasting tranquility is, in my imagination, the highest possible felicity, because I know of no felicity on earth higher than that which a peaceful mind and contented heart afford.
Idlers cannot even find time to be idle, or the industrious to be at leisure. We must always be doing or suffering.
Pride, in boasting of family antiquity, makes duration stand for merit.
The purse of the patient often protracts his case.
Be not so bigoted to any custom as to worship it at the expense of truth.
If you ask me which is the real hereditary sin of human nature, do you imagine I shall answer pride or luxury or ambition or egotism? No; I shall say indolence. Who conquers indolence will conquer all the rest. Indeed, all good principles must stagnate without mental activity.
Profound meditation in solitude and silence frequently exalts the mind above its natural tone, fires the imagination, produces the most refined and sublime conceptions. The soul then tastes the purest and most refined delight, and almost loses the idea of existence in the intellectual pleasure it receives. The mind on every motion darts through space into eternity; and raised, in its free enjoyment of its powers by its own enthusiasm, strengthens itself in the habitude of contemplating the noblest subjects, and of adopting the most heroic pursuits.
The quarter of an hour before dinner is the worst that suitors can choose.
Beauty gains little, and homeliness and deformity lose much, by gaudy attire. Lysander knew this was in part true, and refused the rich garments that the tyrant Dionysius proffered to his daughters, saying "that they were fit only to make unhappy faces more remarkable."
In fame's temple there is always a niche to be found for rich dunces, importunate scoundrels, or successful butchers of the human race.
Put this restriction on your pleasures: be cautious that they injure no being which has life.
The sluggard is a living insensible.
Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both the holder and the beholder.
In the sallies of badinage a polite fool shines; but in gravity he is as awkward as an elephant disporting.
Scholars are frequently to be met with who are ignorant of nothing--saving their own ignorance.
The weak may be joked out of anything but their weakness.
Books afford the surest relief in the most melancholy moments.
Incivility is the extreme of pride; it is built on the contempt of mankind.
Silence is a trick when it imposes. Pedants and scholars, churchmen and physicians, abound in silent pride.
There appears to exist a greater desire to live long than to live well! Measure by man's desires, he cannot live long enough; measure by his good deeds, and he has not lived long enough; measure by his evil deeds, and he has lived too long.
By fools, knaves fatten; by bigots, priests are well clothed; every knave finds a gull.
Indolent people, whatever taste they may have for society, seek eagerly for pleasure, and find nothing. They have an empty head and seared hearts.
Silence is the safest response for all the contradiction that arises from impertinence, vulgarity, or envy.
Though fancy may be the patient's complaint, necessity is often the doctor's.
By love?s delightful influence the attack of ill-humour is resisted, the violence of our passions abated, the bitter cup of affliction sweetened, all the injuries of the world alleviated, and the sweetest flowers plentifully strewed along the most thorny paths of life.