To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself
One of the amusements of idleness is reading without the fatigue of close attention; and the world therefore swarms with writers whose wish is not to be studied, but to be read.
To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches; and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself.
All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.
Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy.
How guilt once harbour'd in the conscious breast , Intimidates the brave, degrades the great.
Guilt has always its horrors and solicitudes; and, to make it yet more shameful and detestable, it is doomed often to stand in awe of those to whom nothing could give influence or weight but their power of betraying.
Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.
Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present.
Luxury, so far as it reaches the people, will do good to the race of people; it will strengthen and multiply them. Sir, no nation was ever hurt by luxury; for, as I said before; it can reach but a very few.
You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay, you do more good to them by spending it in luxury--you make them exert industry, whereas by giving it, you keep them idle.
Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.
Golf: A game in which you claim the privileges of age and retain the playthings of youth
All envy is proportionate to desire.
Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.