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Talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud.
 

Temperance gives nature her full play, and enables her to exert herself in all her force and vigor.
[Temperance]
 

That fine part of our constitution, the eye, seems as much the receptacle and seat of our passions, appetites, and inclinations, as the mind itself; at least it is the outward portal to introduce them to the house within, or rather the common thoroughfare to let our affections pass in and out. Love, anger, pride, and avarice, all visibly move in those little orbs.
 

That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?
 

The beloved of the Almighty are: the rich who have the humility of the poor, and the poor who have the magnamity of the rich.
 

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding.
 

The disease of jealously is so malignant that is converts all it takes into its own nourishment.
 

The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.
[Mortality]
 

The first of all virtues is innocence; the next is modesty. If we banish modesty out of the world, she carries away with her half the virtue that is in it.
[Modesty]
 

The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasure; ours has severest virtue for its basis, and such a friendship ends not but with life.
[Friendship]
 

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.
[Happiness]
 

The great art in writing advertisements is the finding out of a proper method to catch the reader's eye; without which, a good thing may pass over unobserved, or lost among commissions of bankrupt.
[Advertising]
 

The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
[Family]
 

The Hand that made us is divine.
 

The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas, as those of a fool are by his passions. The time of the one is long, because he does not know what to do with it; so is that of the other, because he distinguishes every moment of it with useful or amusing thoughts; or, in other words, because the one is always wishing it away, and the other always enjoying it.
[Time]
 

The humor of turning every misfortune into a judgment, proceeds from wrong notions of religion, which, in its own nature, produces good will toward men, and puts the mildest construction upon every accident that befalls them. In this case, therefore, it is not religion that sours a man's temper, but it is his temper that sours his religion.
[Misfortune]
 

The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.
 

The infusion of a China plant sweetened with the pith of an Indian cane.
 

The intelligence of affection is carried on by the eye only. - Good breeding has made the tongue falsify the heart and act a part of continued restraint, while Nature has preserved the eyes to herself, that she may not be disguised or misrepresented.
 

The man of pleasure little knows the perfect joy he loses for the disappointing gratifications which he pursues.
[Pleasure]
 


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