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These widows, sir, are the most perverse creatures in the world.
 

They were a people so primitive they did not know how to get money, except by working for it.
 

This Mr Dryden calls 'the fairy way of writing'.
 

Those Marriages generally abound most with Love and Constancy, that are preceded by a long Courtship.
 

Those who make religion to consist in the contempt of this world and its enjoyments, are under a very fatal and dangerous mistake. As life is the gift of heaven, it is religion to enjoy it. He, therefore, who can be happy in himself, and who contributes all in his power toward the happiness of others, answers most effectually the ends of his creation, is an honor to his nature, and a pattern to mankind.
[Religion]
 

Though laughter is looked upon by philosophers as the property of reason, the excess of it has always been considered the mark of folly.
[Laughter]
 

Though we seem grieved at the shortness of life in general, we are wishing every period of it at an end. The minor longs to be at age, then to be a man of business; then to make up an estate, then to arrive at honors, then to retire.
[Life]
 

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
 

Through all eternity to thee, a joyful song I'll raise; for oh! Eternity's too short to utter all thy praise.
 

Tis pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul; I think the Romans call it stoicism
 

Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible. Vice is infamous, though in a prince; and virtue honorable, though in a peasant.
[Ancestry]
 

To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.
 

To an honest mind, the best perquisites of a place are the advantages it gives for doing good.
[Goodness]
 

To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny
[Atheism]
 

To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
[Solitude]
 

To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.
[Justice]
 

To look upon the soul as going on from strength to strength, to consider that she is to shine forever with new accessions of glory, and brighten to all eternity; that she will be still adding virtue to virtue, and knowledge to knowledge, - carries in it something wonderfully agreeable to that ambition which is natural to the mind of man.
[Soul]
 

To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.
 

Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them.
[Tradition]
 

True fortitude is seen in great exploits that justice warrants and that wisdom guides.
 


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