Many persons, when exalted, assume an insolent humility, who behaved before with an insolent haughtiness.
Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.
Let the gulled fool the toil of war pursue, where bleed the many to enrich the few.
There are no persons more solicitous about the preservation of rank than those who have no rank at all. Observe the humors of a country christening, and you will find no court in Christendom so ceremonious as the quality of Brentford.
Let us be careful to distinguish modesty, which is ever amiable, from reserve, which is only prudent.
Every good poet includes a critic, but the reverse is not true. William Shenston
Persons are oftentimes misled in regard to their choice of dress by attending to the beauty of colors, rather than selecting such colors as may increase their own beauty.
The eye must be easy, before it can be pleased.
Anger and the thirst of revenge are a kind of fever; fighting and lawsuits, bleeding,--at least, an evacuation. The latter occasions a dissipation of money; the former, of those fiery spirits which cause a preternatural fermentation.
Amid the most mercenary ages it is but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence.
Love can be founded upon Nature only.
A man of remarkable genius may afford to pass by a piece of wit, if it happen to border on abuse. A little genius is obliged to catch at every witticism indiscriminately.
Persons who discover a flatterer, do not always disapprove him, because he imagines them considerable enough to deserve his applications.
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.
Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.
It should seem that indolence itself would incline a person to be honest, as it requires infinitely greater pains and contrivance to be a knave.
Learning, like money, may be of so base a coin as to be utterly void of use.
In a heavy oppressive atmosphere, when the spirits sink too low, the best cordial is to read over all the letters of one's friends.
I have found out a gift for my fair;I have found where the wood-pigeons breed.
Immoderate assurance is perfect licentiousness.
The proper means of increasing the love we bear to our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one
People can commend the weather without envy.
Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed. They are sensitive plants, which will not bear too familiar approaches.
A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
When misfortunes happen to such as dissent from us in matters of religion, we call them judgments; when to those of our own sect, we call them trials; when to persons neither way distinguished, we are content to attribute them to the settled course of things.
Those who are incapable of shining out by dress would do well to consider that the contrast between them and their clothes turns out much to their disadvantage.
In designing a house and gardens, it is happy when there is an opportunity of maintaining a subordination of parts; the house so luckily place as to exhibit a view of the whole design. I have sometimes thought that there was room for it to resemble a epic or dramatic poem.
Reserve is no more essentially connected with understanding than a church organ with devotion, or wine with good-nature.
So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return.
Second thoughts oftentimes are the very worst of all thoughts.