It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate.
For the mind is all the easier to teach before it is set.
To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination.
Verse satire indeed is entirely our own.
Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.
To swear, except when necessary, is becoming to an honorable man.
The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery.
In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.
Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately when lawful, they do not excite desire.
Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.
Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.
Where evil habits are once settled, they are more easily broken than mended.
A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.
It is much easier to try one's hand at many things than to concentrate one's powers on one thing.
While we are examining into everything we sometimes find truth where we least expected it.
Without natural gifts technical rules are useless.
Vain hopes are like certain dreams of those who wake.
The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.
Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune.
For comic writers charge Socrates with making the worse appear the better reason.
When we cannot hope to win, it is an advantage to yield.
He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil in that he lacks opportunity.
An evil-speaker differs from an evil-doer only in the want of opportunity.
Satiety is a neighbor to continued pleasures.
Nature herself has never attempted to effect great changes rapidly.