I have two very cogent reasons for not printing any list of subscribers; one, that I have lost all the names, the other, that I have spent all the money.
Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. Samuel Johnso
Foppery is never cured; it is the bad stamina of the mind, which, like those of the body, are never rectified; once a coxcomb always a coxcomb.
In life's last scene what prodigies surprise,Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise!From Marlborough's eyes the streams of dotage flow,And Swift expires a driveller and a show.
Few men survey themselves with so much severity as not to admit prejudices in their own favor.
Power is gradually stealing away from the many to the few, because the few are more vigilant and consistent.
In solitude we have our dreams to ourselves, and in company we agree to dream in concert.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
Club: An assembly of good fellows, meeting under certain conditions.
Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.
Life has no pleasure higher or nobler than that of friendship.
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.
We are more pained by ignorance than delighted by instruction.
Ah! Sir, a boy's being flogged is not so severe as a man's having the hiss of the world against him.
Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments; any enlargement of wishes is therefore equally destructive to happiness with the diminution of possession, and he that teaches another to long for what he never shall obtain is no less an enemy to his quiet
Language is the dress of thought.
Words are but the signs of ideas.
It is not possible to be regarded with tenderness, except by a few. That merit which gives greatness and renown diffuses its influence to a wide compass, but acts weakly on every single breast; it is placed at a distance from common spectators, and shines like one of the remote stars, of which the l
A patriot is he whose public conduct is regulated by one single motive, the love of his country; who, as an agent in parliament, has, for himself, neither hope nor fear, neither kindness nor resentment, but refers every thing to the common interest
Riches are of no value in themselves; their use is discovered only in that which they procure.
The really happy woman is the one who can enjoy the scenery when she has to take a detour. Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but rather a manner of traveling.
He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything.
I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.
A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.
There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.
The advice that is wanted is commonly not welcome and that which is not wanted, evidently an effrontery.
I advised Chambers, and would advise every young man beginning to compose, to do it as fast as he can, to get a habit of having his mind to start promptly; it is so much more difficult to improve in speed than in accuracy.
No one ever became great by imitation.
It is natural for every man uninstructed to murmur at his condition, because, in the general infelicity of life, he feels his own miseries without knowing that they are common to all the rest of the species; and, therefore, though he will not be less sensible of pain by being told that others are eq