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Knowledge is two-fold, and consists not only in an affirmation of what is true, but in the negation of that which is false.
 

Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.
[Vanity]
 

Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.
[Law]
 

Let any of those who renounce Christianity, write fairly down in a book all the absurdities they believe instead of it, and they will find it requires more faith to reject Christianity than to embrace it.
[Infidelity]
 

Let those who would affect singularity with success, first determine to be very virtuous, and they will be sure to be very singular.
 

Let us not be too prodigal when we are young, nor too parsimonious when we are old. Otherwise we shall fall into the common error of those, who, when they had the power to enjoy, had not the prudence to acquire; and when they had the prudence to acquire, had no longer the power to enjoy.
 

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.
[Liberty]
 

Life is the jailer of the soul in this filthy prison, and its only deliverer is death. - What we call life is a journey to death, and what we call death is a passport to life.
[Life]
 

Life isn't like a book. Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess.
[Life]
 

Life often presents us with a choice of evils rather than of good.
[Choice]
 

Literature has her quacks no less than medicine, and they are divided into two classes; those who have erudition without genius, and those who have volubility without depth; we get second-hand sense from the one, and original non­sense from the other.
[Literature]
 

Literature has now become a game in which the booksellers are the kings; the critics, the knaves; the public, the pack; and the poor author, the mere table or thing played upon.
[Literature]
 

Logic and metaphysics make use of more tools than all the rest of the sciences put together, and they do the least work.
[Logic]
 

Logic is a large drawer, containing some needful instruments, and many more that are superfluous. - A wise man will look into it for two purposes, to avail himself of those instruments that are really useful, and to admire the ingenuity with which those that are not so are assorted and arranged.
[Logic]
 

Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominate it is a passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual.
[Love]
 

Make no enemies. - He is insignificant indeed who can do thee no harm.
[Enemies]
 

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. Those works, therefore, are the most valuable, that set our thinking faculties in the fullest operation.
[Books]
 

Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by others.
 

Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner.
[Marriage]
 

Memory is the friend of wit, but the treacherous ally of invention; there are many books that owe their success to two things, - the good memory of those who write them, and the bad memory of those who read them.
[Memory]
 


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