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The thought of being nothing after death is a burden insupportable to a virtuous man; we naturally aim at happiness, and cannot bear to have it confined to our present being.
[Immortality]
 

The wise, for cure, on exercise depend. - Better to hunt in fields for health unbought than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.
 

There is a pleasure sure, In being mad, which none but madmen know!
 

There's a proud modesty in merit; averse from asking, and resolved to pay ten times the gifts it asks.
[Merit]
 

There's none but fears a future state; and when the most obdurate swear they do not, their trembling hearts belie their boasting tongues.
 

These are the effects of doting age; vain doubts, and idle cares, and over caution.
[Age]
 

They conquer who believe they can.
[Confidence]
 

They never pardon who commit the wrong.
[Forgiveness]
 

They that possess the prince possess the laws.
 

They think too little who talk too much.
[Talking]
 

Those wanting wit affect gravity, and go by the name of solid men.
 

Those who believe that the praises which arise from valor are superior to those which proceed from any other virtues have not considered.
[Valor]
 

Those who have employed the study of history, as they ought, for their instruction, for the regulation of their private manners, and the management of public affairs, must agree with me that it is the most pleasant school of wisdom.
[History]
 

Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught.
[Action]
 

To die is landing on some distant shore.
 

Tomorrow do thy worst, I have lived today.
 

Trust reposed in noble natures obliges them the more.
 

Truth is never to be expected from authors whose understandings are warped with enthusiasm; for they judge all actions and their causes by their own perverse principles, and a crooked line can never be the measure of a straight one.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Truth is the foundation of all knowledge and the cement of all societies.
[Truth]
 

Truth is the object of our understanding, as good is of our will; and the understanding can no more be delighted with a lie than the will can choose an apparent evil.
[Truth]
 


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