Vice is man's nature: virtue is a habit -- or a mask. . . . The foregoing maxim shows the difference between truth and sarcasm.
Human life may be regarded as a succession of frontispieces. The way to be satisfied is never to look back.
A nickname is the hardest stone that the devil can throw at a man.
Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.
Affectation is as necessary to the mind as dress is to the body
Memory cannot exist without endurance of the things perceived, and the thing perceived cannot remain where it has never been.
If goodness were only a theory, it were a pity it should be lost to the world. There are a number of things, the idea of which is a clear gain to the mind. Let people, for instance, rail at friendship, genius, freedom, as long as they will --the very names of these despised qualities are better than anything else that could be substituted for them, and embalm even the most envenomed satire against them.
There are many who talk on from ignorance rather than from knowledge, and who find the former an inexhaustible fund of conversation
Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features.