The Europeans are themselves blind who describe fortune without sight. No first-rate beauty ever had finer eyes, or saw more clearly. They who have no other trade but seeking their fortune need never hope to find her; coquette-like, she flies from her close pursuers, and at last fixes on the ploddin
Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.
Fancy restrained may be compared to a fountain, which plays highest by diminishing the aperture.
I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing.
Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.
A night-cap deck'd his brows instead of bay,- A cap by night, a stocking all the day.
All that philosophy can teach is to be stubborn or sullen under misfortunes.
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.
Vain, very vain is my search to find; that happiness which only centers in the mind.
When we take a slight survey of the surface of our globe a thousand objects offer themselves which, though long known, yet still demand our curiosity.
Whatever be the motives which induce men to write,--whether avarice or fame,--the country becomes more wise and happy in which they most serve for instructors.
I have visited many countries, and have been in cities without number, yet never did I enter a town which could not produce ten or twelve little great men; all fancying themselves known to the rest of the world, and complimenting each other upon their extensive reputation.
The whitewash'd wall, the nicely sanded floor, The varnish'd clock that click'd behind the door; The chest, contriv'd a double debt to pay,- A bed by night, a chest of drawers by day.
And learn the luxury of doing good.
Our bounty, like a drop of water, disappears, when diffus'd too widely
I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.
If we look round the world, there seem to be not above six distinct varieties in the human species, each of which is strongly marked, and speaks the kind seldom to have mixed with any other. But there is nothing in the shape, nothing in the faculties, that shows their coming from different originals
Pride in their port, defiance in their eye, I see the lords of humankind pass by.
What if in Scotland's wilds we viel'd our head, Where tempests whistle round the sordid bed; Where the rug's two-fold use we might display, By night a blanket, and a plaid by day.
Absence, like death, sets a seal on the image of those we love: we cannot realize the intervening changes which time may have effected.
O friendship! thou fond soother of the human breast, to thee we fly in every calamity; to thee the wretched seek for succor; on thee the care-tired son of misery fondly relies; from thy kind assistance the unfortunate always hopes relief, and may be sure of--disappointment.
We may affirm of Mr. Buffon, that which has been said of the chemists of old; though he may have failed in attaining his principal aim, of establishing a theory, yet he has brought together such a multitude of facts relative to the history of the earth, and the nature of its fossil productions, that
Those who place their affections at first on trifles for amusement, will find these trifles become at last their most serious concerns.
All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.
A kind and gentle heart he had, To comfort friends and foes; The naked every day he clad When he put on his clothes.
The bounds of a man's knowledge are easily concealed, if he has but prudence.
This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey.
Teach erring man to spurn the rage of gain.
Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.
If you don't ask me questions, I can't give you an untrue answer.