A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
Tis a human trait to hate one you have wronged
True happiness is to understand our duties toward God and man; to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence on the future; not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears, but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is abundantly sufficient
The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a man's ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company
Revenge is an inhuman word.
We live not according to reason, but according to fashion
What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember.
We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres, or a little money; and yet for the freedom and command of the whole earth, and for the great benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourselves as under no obligation.
Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit.
Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.
Fire tries gold, misery tries brave men.
He robs present ills of their power who has perceived their coming beforehand.
Those who boast of their decent, brag on what they owe to others.
Most men ebb and flow in wretchedness between the fear of death and the hardship of life; they are unwilling to live, and yet they do not know how to die.
To strive with an equal is dangerous; with a superior, mad; with an inferior, degrading.