It seemed to me pretty plain, that they had more of love than matrimony in them.
Death when unmasked shows us a friendly face and is a terror only at a distance.
The bounds of a man's knowledge are easily concealed, if he has but prudence.
Eternal blessings crown my earliest friend,And round his dwelling guardian saints attend.
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
Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace The day's disasters in his morning face; Full well they laugh'd with counterfeited glee At all his jokes, for many a joke had he; Full well the busy whisper circling round Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd. Yet was he kind, or if severe in aug
The wretch condemn'd with life to part,Still, still on hope relies;And every pang that rends the heartBids expectation rise.
Politics resemble religion; attempting to divest either of ceremony is the most certain mode of bringing either into contempt.
What cities, as great as this, have . . . promised themselves immortality! Posterity can hardly trace the situation of some. The sorrowful traveller wanders over the awful ruins of others. . . . Here stood their citadel, but now grown over with weeds; there their senate-house, but now the haunt of e
Man wants but little here below, Nor wants that little long.
The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity; yet there is still a greater, which is the good man who comes to relieve it.
He makes a very handsome corpse and becomes his coffin prodigiously.
Thou source of all my bliss and all my woe, That found'st me poor at first, and keep'st me so.
How blest is he who crowns in shades like these A youth of labour with an age of ease!
Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side.
For the first time, the best may err, art may persuade, and novelty spread out its charms. The first fault is the child of simplicity; but every other the offspring of guilt.
People seek within a short span of life to satisfy a thousand desires, each of which is insatiable.
The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read a book over I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.
With disadvantages enough to bring him to humility, a Scotsman is one of the proudest things alive.
He who fights and runs awayMay live to fight another day...
Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other. Oliver Goldsmit
Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook. Oliver Goldsmit
Turn, gentle Hermit of the Dale, And guide my lonely way To where yon taper cheers the vale With hospitable ray.
Blame where you must, be candid where you can, And be each critic the Good-natured Man.
Wealth accumulates, and men decay.
He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack, For he knew when he pleas'd he could whistle them back.
Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.
The jests of the rich are ever successful.
Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.