Wisdom makes a slow defense against trouble, though a sure one in the end.
They may talk of a comet, or a burning mountain, or some such bagatelle; but to me a modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation.
Learn the luxury of doing good
Those who place their affections at first on trifles for amusement, will find these become at last their most serious concerns.
To aim at erxcellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service.
To aim at excellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service.
Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
In arguing, too, the parson own'd his skill, For even though vanquished he could argue still.
I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellects too. No, sir, these, I protest you, are too hard for me.
In arguing one should meet serious pleading with humor, and humor with serious pleading.
To a philosopher no circumstance, however trifling, is too minute.
Such dainties to them, their health it might hurt: It's like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt.
The more various our artificial necessities, the wider is our circle of pleasure; for all pleasure consists in obviating necessities as they rise; luxury, therefore, as it increases our wants, increases our capacity for happiness
The canvas glow'd beyond ev'n Nature warm, The pregnant quarry teem'd with human form.
Paltry affectation, strained allusions, and disgusting finery are easily attained by those who choose to wear them; they are but too frequently the badges of ignorance or of stupidity, whenever it would endeavor to please