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Analogy, although it is not infallible, is yet that telescope of the mind by which it is marvelously assisted in the discovery of both physical and moral truth.
 

Anguish of mind has driven thousands to suicide; anguish of body, none. This proves that the health of the mind is of far more consequence to our happiness than the health of the body, although both are deserving of much more attention than either receives.
[Health]
 

Antiquity is enjoyed not by the ancients who lived in the infancy of things, but by us who live in their maturity.
[Antiquity]
 

Antithesis may be the blossom of wit, but it will never arrive at maturity unless sound sense be the trunk, and truth the root.
[Style]
 

Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
[Applause]
 

As gout seems privileged to attack the bodies of the wealthy, so ennui seems to exert a similar prerogative over their minds.
 

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.
 

Bacon has compared those who move in higher spheres to those heavenly bodies in the firmament, which have much admiration, but little rest; and it is not necessary to invest a wise man with power, to convince him that it is a garment bedizzened with gold, which dazzles the beholder by its splendor, but oppresses the wearer by its weight.
 

Baseness of character or conduct not only sears the conscience, but deranges the intellect. - Right conduct is connected with right views of truth.
 

Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.
 

Body and mind, like man and wife, do not always agree to die together.
 

Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again - for, like true friends, they will never fail us - never cease to instruct - never cloy - Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
[Books]
 

Brutes leave ingratitude to man.
[Ingratitude]
 

By reading, we enjoy the dead; by conversation, the living; and by contemplation, ourselves. Reading enriches the memory; conversation polishes the wit; and contemplation improves the judgment. Of these, reading is the most important, as it furnishes both the others.
[Reading]
 

Calumny crosses oceans, scales mountains, and traverses deserts with greater ease than the Scythian Abaris, and, like him, rides upon a poisoned arrow.
[Calumny]
 

Charles Fox said that restorations were the most bloody of all revolutions; and he might have added that reformations are the best mode of preventing the necessity of either.
[Reform]
 

Commerce flourishes by circumstances, precarious, transitory, contingent, almost as the winds and waves that bring it to our shores.
 

Commerce may well be termed the younger sister, for, in all emergencies, she looks to agriculture both for defence and for supply.
[Commerce]
 

Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
 

Contemporaries appreciate the man rather than his merit; posterity will regard the merit rather than the man.
[Appreciation]
 


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