There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country
Whether zeal or moderation be the point we aim at, let us keep the fire out of the one, and the frost out of the other.
Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn
Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
Vanity is the natural weakness of an ambitious man, which exposes him to the secret scorn and derision of those he converses with, and ruins the character he is so industrious to advance by it.
If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.
Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands.
Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
Let freedom never perish in your hands.
Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.
Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.
Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves