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Pray consider what a figure a man would make in the republic of letters.

Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind.

Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Punning is a conceit arising from the use of two words that agree in the sound, but differ in the sense. The only way, therefore, to try a piece of wit, is to translate it into a different language; if it bears the test, you may pronounce it true; but if it vanishes in the experiment, you may conclude it to have been a pun.

Quick sensitiveness is inseparable from a ready understanding.

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice from the conviction that it has offended God. - Sorrow, fear, and anxiety are properly not parts, but adjuncts of repentance, yet they are too closely connected with it to be separated.

Riches are apt to betray a man into arrogance.

Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.

Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life.

See in what peace a Christian can die.

Self discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.

Silence never shows itself to so great an advantage, as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation, provided that we give no just occasion for them. 

Singularity is laudable, when in contradiction to a multitude, it adheres to the dictates of morality and honor. In concerns of this kind it is to be looked upon as heroic bravery, in which a man leaves the species only as he soars above it.

Sir Roger told them, with the air of a man who would not give his judgement rashly, that much might be said on both sides.

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.

Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.

Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man.

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