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In intoxication men betray their real characters. - So in prosperity there is a no less honest and truth-revealing intoxication than in wine. - The varnish of power brings forth at once the defects and the beauties of the human portrait.
[Intemperance]
 

In life it is difficult to say who do you the most mischief, enemies with the worst intentions, or friends with the best.
 

In life, as in whist, hope nothing from the way cards may be dealt to you. Play the cards, whatever they be, to the best of your skill.
 

In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature the oldest. The classic literature is always modern. New books revive and redecorate old ideas; old books suggest and invigorate new ideas.
[Literature]
 

In strong natures, if resistance to temptation is of granite, so the passions that they admit are of fire.
[Passion]
 

In the history of the passions each human heart is a world in itself; its experience can profit no others.
[Passion]
 

In the lexicon of youth, which fate reserves For a bright manhood, there is no such word As fail.
[Failure]
 

In the literature of the world there is not one popular book which is immoral that continues to exist two centuries after it is produced; for in the heart of nations the false does not live so long, and the true is ethical to the end of time.
[Literature]
 

In these days, half our diseases come from the neglect of the body in the over­work of the brain. In this railway age, the wear and tear of labor and intellect go on without pause or self-pity. We live longer than our forefathers; but we suffer more from a thousand artificial anxieties and cares. They fatigued only the muscles, we exhaust the finer strength of the nerves.
[Disease]
 

Innocence is but a poor substitute for experience.
[Innocence]
 

Irony is to the high-bred what billingsgate is to the vulgar; and when one gentleman thinks another gentleman an ass, he does not say it point-blank; he implies it in the politest terms he can invent.
[Irony]
 

It is a maxim received among philosophers themselves, from the days of Aristotle down to those of Sir William Hamilton, that philosophy ceases where truth is acknowledged.
[Philosophy]
 

It is an error to suppose that courage means courage in everything. - Most people are brave only in the dangers to which they accustom themselves, either in imagination or practice.
[Courage]
 

It is astonishing how little one feels poverty when one loves.
[Love]
 

It is astonishing how well men wear when they think of no one but themselves.
[Selfishness]
 

It is difficult to say who do you the most mischief, enemies with the worst intentions, or friends with the best.
 

It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.
[Age]
 

It is not wisdom but ignorance that teaches men presumption. - Genius may sometimes be arrogant, but nothing is so diffident as knowledge.
[Ignorance]
 

It is only in some corner of the brain which we leave empty that vice cannot obtain a lodging. When she knocks at your door be able to say: "No room for your ladyship; pass on."
[Vice]
 

It is the excess and not the nature of our passions which is perishable. Like the trees which grow by the tomb of Protesilaus, the passions flourish till they reach a certain height, but no sooner is that height attained than they wither away.
[Passion]
 


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