I love everything thats old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.
The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.
A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.
Pride in their port, defiance in their eye I see the Lords of human kind pass by.
A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.
When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?
Tenderness, without a capacity of relieving, only makes the man who feels it more wretched than the object which sues for assistance.
For just experience tells, in every soil, That those who think must govern those who toil
Nor is there on earth a more powerful advocate for vice than poverty.
Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest
Thus idly busy rolls their world away
Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.
The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
Blest be those feasts, with simple plenty crowned, Where all the ruddy family around Laugh at the jests or pranks that never fail Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale.
O Luxury! thou curst by Heaven's decree.