Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
There will always be a part, and always a very large part of every community, that have no care but for themselves, and whose care for themselves reaches little further than impatience of immediate pain, and eagerness for the nearest good
Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.
Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent
Idleness and timidity often despair without being overcome, and forbear attempts for fear of being defeated; and we may promote the invigoration of faint endeavors, by showing what has already been performed.
I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.
Guilt once harbored in the conscious breast, intimidates the brave, degrades the great.
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
A fishing pole is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool on the other
Words are but the signs of ideas.
The joy of life is variety; the tenderest love requires to be rekindled by intervals of absence
Admiration begins where acquaintance ceases
Affectation is to be always distinguished from hypocrisy as being the art of counterfeiting those qualities, which we might with innocence and safety, be known to want. Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy; affectation part of the chosen trappings of folly
Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw be