How could an actor become president?
You know, it was only a generation ago that actors couldn't be buried in the churchyard.
How can a president not be an actor?
What does an actor know about politics?
You'd be surprised how much being a good actor pays off.
An actor knows two important things - to be honest in what he is doing and to be in touch with the audience. That's not bad advice for a politician either.
Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.
Deviation from Nature is deviation from happiness.
Among many parallels which men of imagination have drawn between the natural and moral state of the world, it has been observed that happiness as well as virtue consists in mediocrity.
A certain amount of distrust is wholesome, but not so much of others as of ourselves; neither vanity not conceit can exist in the same atmosphere with it.
Every man is of importance to himself.
When people find a man of the most distinguished abilities as a writer their inferior while he is with them, it must be highly gratifying to them.
Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay an author.
Very few live by choice. Every man is placed in his present condition by causes which acted without his foresight, and with which he did not always willingly cooperate; and therefore you will rarely meet one who does not think the lot of his neighbor better than his own.
The only end of writing is to enable readers better to enjoy life or better to endure it.
I do not envy a clergyman's life as an easy life, nor do I envy the clergyman who makes it an easy life.
Be not too hasty to trust or to admire the teachers of morality; they discourse like angels, but they live like men.
Friendship, peculiar boon of Heaven, The noble mind's delight and pride, To men and angels only given, To all the lower world denied.
Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage,Till pitying Nature signs the last release,And bids afflicted worth retire to peace.
There are indeed, in the present corruption of mankind, many incitements to forsake truth: the need of palliating our own faults and the convenience of imposing on the ignorance or credulity of others so frequently occur; so many immediate evils are
There prevails among men of letters, an opinion, that all appearance of science is particularly hateful to Women; and that therefore whoever desires to be well received in female assemblies, must qualify himself by a total rejection of all that is serious, rational, or important; must consider argum
Though it is evident, that not more than one age or people can deserve the censure of being more averse from learning than any other, yet at all times knowledge must have encountered impediments, and wit been mortified with contempt, or harassed with persecution.
New arts are long in the world before poets describe them; for they borrow everything from their predecessors, and commonly derive very little from nature or from life.
The great end of prudence is to give cheerfulness to those hours which splendor cannot gild, and acclamation cannot exhilarate.
Corneille is to Shakespeare as a clipped hedge is to a forest.
All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance.