Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
From hence, let fierce contending nations know, What dire effects from civil discord flow
A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.
The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding
No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty Is worth a whole eternity in bondage.
Better to die ten thousand deaths, Than wound my honour.
The post of honour is a private station.
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.
Blesses his stars, and thinks it luxury.
We see the pernicious effects of luxury in the ancient Romans, who immediately found themselves poor as soon as this vice got footing among them.
Hunting is not a proper employment for a thinking man.
There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.
Exercise ferments the humors, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions, without which the body cannot subsist in its vigor, nor the soul act with cheerfulness.
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude