Sir Roger told them, with the air of a man who would not give his judgement rashly, that much might be said on both sides.
No vices are so incurable as those which men are apt to glory in
When a man becomes familiar with his goddess, she quickly sinks into a woman
Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other
There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol
If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling.
Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
The utmost extent of man's knowledge is to know that he knows nothing.
We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.
Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble.
Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion.
I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. I cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it ''What I spent I lost what I possessed is left to others what I gave away remains with me.''
With regard to donations always expect the most from prudent people, who keep their own accounts.
Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.
The post of honour is a private station.
When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.
The unjustifiable severity of a parent is loaded with this aggravation, that those whom he injures are always in his sight.
Talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud.
Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.
Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasures