You teach your daughters the diameters of the planets and wonder when you are done that they do not delight in your company.
We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.
Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say it makes him more pleasing to others.
Our aspirations are our possibilities.
Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.
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.
To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill ... Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.
As any action or posture long continued will distort and disfigure the limbs; so the mind likewise is crippled and contracted by perpetual application to the same set of ideas.
Dishonor waits on perfidy. A man should blush to think a falsehood; it is the crime of cowards.
He who is extravagant will quickly become poor; and poverty will enforce dependence, and invite corruption.
As to the rout that is made about people who are ruined by extravagance, it is no matter to the nation that some individuals suffer. When so much general productive exertion is the consequence of luxury, the nation does not care though there are debtors; nay, they would not care though their creditors were there too.
Poverty is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the task of many people to conceal their neediness from others. Consequently they support themselves by temporary means, and everyday is lost in contriving for tomorrow.
In the bottle discontent seeks for comfort, cowardice for courage, and bashfulness for confidence.
Prudence operates on life in the same manner as rule of composition; it produces vigilance rather than elevation; rather prevents loss than procures advantage; and often miscarriages, but seldom reaches either power or honor.