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Corporeal charms may indeed gain admirers, but there must be mental ones to retain them.
[Love]
 

Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.
 

Courage is generosity of the highest order, for the brave are prodigal of the most precious things.
[Courage]
 

Custom is the law of one description of fools, and fashion of another; but the two parties often clash, for precedent is the legislator of the first, and novelty of the last.
[Fashion]
 

Death and the cross are the two great levellers; kings and their subjects, masters and slaves, find a common level in two places - at the foot of the cross, and in the silence of the grave.
 

Death is like thunder in two particulars: we are alarmed at the sound of it, and it is formidable only from that which preceded it.
[Death]
 

Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release; the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure; the comforter of him whom time cannot console.
[Death]
 

Deformity of heart I call the worst deformity of all; for what is form, or face, but the soul's index, or its case?
 

Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.
[Action]
 

Despotism can no more exist in a nation until the liberty of the press be destroyed, than the night can happen before the sun is set.
[Despotism]
 

Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.
[Helping Other People]
 

Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass before they can enter the temple of wisdom. - When we are in doubt and puzzle out the truth by our own exertions, we have gained something that will stay by us and will serve us again. - But if to avoid the trouble of the search we avail ourselves of the superior information of a friend, such knowledge will not remain with us; we have not bought, but borrowed it.
[Doubt]
 

Drunkenness is the vice of a good constitution, or a bad memory; of a constitution so treacherously good, that it never bends till it breaks, or of a memory that recollects the pleasures of getting intoxicated, but forgets the pains, of getting sober.
[Drunkenness]
 

Early rising not only gives us more life in the same number of years, but adds, likewise, to their number; and not only enables us to enjoy more of existence in the same time, but increases also the measure.
 

Eloquence is the language of nature, and cannot be learned in the schools; but rhetoric is the creature of art, which he who feels least will most excel in.
[Eloquence]
 

Emulation has been termed a spur to virtue, and assumes to be a spur of gold. - But it is a spur composed of baser materials, and if tried in the furnace will be found wanting.
 

Emulation looks out for merits, that she may exalt herself by a victory; envy spies out blemishes, that she may lower another by a defeat.
[Envy]
 

Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair.
 

Envy ought to have no place allowed it in the heart of man; for the goods of this present world are so vile and low that they are beneath it; and those of the future world are so vast and exalted that they are above it.
[Envy]
 

Envy, if surrounded on all sides by the brightness of another's prosperity, like the scorpion confined within a circle of fire, will sting itself to death.
[Envy]
 


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