Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
The thing is plain. All that men really understand, is confined to a very small compass; to their daily affairs and experience; to what they have an opportunity to know, and motives to study or practice. The rest is affectation and imposture
The love of fame is almost another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority, that of time.
If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.
Fashion constantly begins and ends in the two things it abhors most, singularity and vulgarity.
It is remarkable how virtuous and generously disposed everyone is at a play. We uniformly applaud what is right and condemn what is wrong, when it costs us nothing but the sentiment.
We are thankful for good-will rather than for services, for the motive than the quantum of favor received.
Learning is its own exceeding great reward.
One would imagine that books were, like women, the worse for being old that they open their leaves more cordially that the spirit of enjoyment wears out with the spirit of novelty and that after a certain age, it is high time to put them on the s.
Whatever excites the spirit of contradiction is capable of producing the last effects of heroism; which is only the highest pitch of obstinacy, in a good or bad cause, in wisdom or folly.
The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test: for it is on that on which our success in life depends.
Good temper is an estate for life
When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.
Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.
The are of will-making chiefly consists in baffling the importunity of expectation.