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Power, like the diamond, dazzles the beholder, and also the wearer; it dignifies meanness; it magnifies littleness; to what is contemptible, it gives authority; to what is low, exaltation.
[Power]
 

Pride either finds a desert or makes one; submission cannot tame its ferocity, nor satiety fill its voracity, and it requires very costly food - its keeper's happiness.
[Pride]
 

Pride, like the magnet, constantly points to one object, self; but unlike the magnet, it has no attractive pole, but at all points repels.
[Pride]
 

Princes rule the people; and their own passions rule princes; but Providence can overrule the whole, and draw the instruments of his inscrutable purpose from the vices, no less than from the virtues of kings.
[Passion]
 

Public charities and benevolent associations for the gratuitous relief of every species of distress, are peculiar to Christianity; no other system of civil or religious policy has originated them; they form its highest praise and characteristic feature.
[Charity]
 

Pure truth, like pure gold, has been found unfit for circulation because men have discovered that it is far more convenient to adulterate the truth than to refine themselves.
[Truth]
 

Rats and conquerors must expect no mercy in misfortune.
[Misfortune]
 

Recreation or pleasure is to a woman what the sun is to the flower; if moderately enjoyed, it beautifies, it refreshes, and improves; if immoderately, it withers, deteriorates, and destroys. But the duties of domestic life, exercised, as they must be, in retirement, and calling forth all the sensibilities of the female, are, perhaps, as necessary to the full development of her charms, as the shades and shadows are to the rose; confirming its beauty, and increasing its fragrance.
 

Repartee is perfect, when it effects its purpose with a double edge. Repartee is the highest order of wit, as it bespeaks the coolest yet quickest exercise of genius at a moment when the passions are roused.
 

Reply with wit to gravity, and with gravity to wit. - Make a full concession to your adversary; give him every credit for the arguments you know you can answer, and slur over those you feel you cannot. - But above all, if lie have the privilege of making his reply, take especial care that the strongest thing you have to urge be the last.
 

Secrecy has been well termed the soul of all great designs. Perhaps more has been effected by concealing our own intentions, than by discovering those of our enemy. But great men succeed in both.
[Secrecy]
 

See that your character is right, and in the long run your reputation will be right.
[Reputation]
 

Self-love is too apt to draw some consolation even from so bitter a source as the calamities of others. - The sting of our pains is diminished by the assurance that they are common to all; and from feelings equally egotistical, it unfortunately happens that the zest and relish of our pleasures is heightened by the contrary consideration, namely, that they are confined to ourselves. This conviction it is that tickles the palate of the epicure, that inflames the ardor of the lover, that lends to ambition her ladder, and extracts the thorns from a crown.
 

Sensibility would be a good portress, if she had but one hand; with her right she opens the door to pleasure, but with her left to pain.
[Sensibility]
 

Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
 

Slander cannot make the subject of it either better or worse. - It may represent us in a false light, or place a likeness of us in a bad one, but we are always the same. - Not so the slanderer, for calumny always makes the calumniator worse, but the calumniated never.
[Slander]
 

Sleep, the type of death, is also, like that which it typifies, restricted to the earth. - It flies from hell, and is excluded from heaven.
[Sleep]
 

Sloth, if it has prevented many crimes, has also smothered many virtues.
[Sloth]
 

Small miseries, like small debts, hit us in so many places, and meet us at so many turns and corners, that what they want, in weight, they make up in number, and render it less hazardous to stand the fire of one cannon ball, than a volley composed of such a shower of bullets.
[Misery]
 

Some are cursed with the fulness of satiety; and how can they bear the ills of life, when its very pleasures fatigue them!
 


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