Distance of time and place generally cure what they seem to aggravate; and taking leave of our friends resembles taking leave of the world, of which it has been said, that it is not death, but dying, which is terrible.
Now, in reality, the world has paid too great a compliment to critics, and has imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.
It is well known to all great men, that by conferring an obligation they do not always procure a friend, but are certain of creating many enemies.
Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.
He in a few minutes ravished this fair creature, or at least would have ravished her, if she had not, by a timely compliance, prevented him.
A tender-hearted and compassionate disposition, which inclines men to pity and feel the misfortunes of others, and which is, even for its own sake, incapable of involving any man in ruin and misery, is of all tempers of mind the most amiable; and though it seldom receives much honor, is worthy of the highest.
A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool.
The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim