"Avarice is the most opposite of all characters to that of God Almighty, whose alone it is to give and not receive."
"Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice; whereas a child can clench its fist the moment it is born."
"Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed. They are sensitive plants, that will not bear too familiar approaches."
"A liar with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood."
"The proper means of increasing the love we bear of our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one."
"Hope is a flatterer: but the most upright of all parasites; for she frequents the poor man's hut as well as the palace of his superior."
"It happens a little unluckily that the persons who have the most infinite contempt of money are the same that have the strongest appetite for the pleasures it procures."
"The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend is the moment you receive them; then the warmth of friendship and the intelligence received most forcibly co-operate."
"There are no persons more solicitous about the preservation of rank, than those who have no rank at all."
"The works of a person that builds begin immediately to decay, while those of him who plants begin directly to improve. In this, planting promises a more lasting pleasure than building; which, were it to remain in equal perfection, would at best begin to moulder and want repairs in imagination. Now trees have a circumstance that suits our taste and that is annual variety."
"The lowest people are generally the first to find fault with show or equipage; especially that of a person lately emerged from his obscurity. They never once consider that he is breaking the ice for themselves."
"A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood."
"A poet hurts himself by writing prose, as a racehorse hurts his motions by condescending to draw in a team."
"A poet that fails in writing becomes often a morose critic. The weak and insipid white wine makes at length excellent vinegar."
"A reserved man is in continual conflict with the social part of his nature, and even grudges himself the laugh into which he is sometimes betrayed."
"Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world."
"Every single instance of a friend's insincerity increases our dependence on the efficacy of money."
"Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite, that you often diminish the one as you increase the other. Variety is most akin to the latter, simplicity to the former."
"I fancy the proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one."
"Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it."
"Learning, like money, may be of so base a coin as to be utterly void of use; or, if sterling, may require good management to make it serve the purposes of sense or happiness."
"Liars... begin with making falsehood appear like truth, and end with making truth itself appear like falsehood."
"Necessity may be the mother of lucrative invention, but it is the death of poetical invention."