Philosophy ... should not pretend to increase our present stock, but make us economists of what we are possessed of.
An emperor in his nightcap will not meet with half the respect of an emperor with a crown.
Blest be those feasts, with simple plenty crowned, Where all the ruddy family around Laugh at the jests or pranks that never fail Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale.
There is probably no country so barbarous that would not disclose all it knew, if it received equivalent information; and I am apt to think that a person who was ready to give more knowledge than he received would be welcome wherever he came.
Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest
So the loud torrent, and the whirlwind's roar, But bind him to his native mountains more.
To be poor, and to seem poor, is a certain method never to rise.
There is one way by which a strolling player may be ever secure of success; that is, in our theatrical way of expressing it, to make a great deal of the character. To speak and act as in common life is not playing, nor is it what people come to see; natural speaking, like sweet wine, runs glibly ove
Near yonder copse, where once the garden smil'd,And still where many a garden flower grows wild,There, where a few torn shrubs the place disclose,The village preacher's modest mansion rose.A man he was to all the country dear,And passing rich with forty pounds a year;Remote from town's he ran his go
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
Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
The pregnant quarry teem'd with human form.
Here lies David Garrick, describe me who can, An abridgment of all that was pleasant in man.
Vain, very vain is my search to find; that happiness which only centers in the mind.
Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations. 1
Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end.
Filial obedience is the first and greatest requisite of a state; by this we become good subjects to our emperors, capable of behaving with just subordination to our superiors, and grateful dependents on heaven; by this we become fonder of marriage, in order to be capable of exacting obedience from o
To aim at excellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service.
The youth who follows his appetites too soon seizes the cup, before it has received its best ingredients, and by anticipating his pleasures, robs the remaining parts of life of their share, so that his eagerness only produces manhood of imbecility and an age of pain.
Taste is the power of relishing or rejecting whatever is offered for the entertainment of the imagination.
And fools who came to scoff remain'd to pray.
Man seems the only growth that dwindles here.
Mortifications are often more painful than real calamities.
Age, that lessens the enjoyment of life, increases our desire of living
We are all sure of two things, at least; we shall suffer and we shall all die.
Elegy of the Death of a Mad Dog The dog, to gain some praivate ends, Went mad and bit the man.
In all my wanderings round this world of care,In all my griefs-and God has given my share-I still had hopes my latest hours to crown,Amidst these humble bowers to lay me down.
One should not quarrel with a dog without a reason sufficient to vindicate one through all the courts of morality.
The way to acquire lasting esteem is not by the fewness of a writer's faults, but the greatness of his beauties, and our noblest works are generally most replete with both.
True wisdom consists of tracing effects to their causes.