The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion improves by observing, that the most swift are usually the least manageable and the most likely to stray from the course. Great abilities have always been less serviceable to the possessors than moderate ones.
I have found by experience that they who have spent all their lives in cities contract not only an effeminacy of habit, but of thinking.
Who pepper'd the highest was surest to please.
The more various our artificial necessities, the wider is our circle of pleasure; for all pleasure consists in obviating necessities as they rise; luxury, therefore, as it increases our wants, increases our capacity for happiness