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True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
[Friendship]
 

True modesty avoids everything that is criminal; false modesty everything that is unfashionable.
[Modesty]
 

True religion and virtue give a cheerful and happy turn to the mind; admit of all true pleasures, and even procure for us the highest.
[Religion]
 

Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out; it is always near at hand, sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware; a lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack, and one trick needs a great many more to make it good. It is like building upon a false foundation, which continually stands in need of props to shore it up, and proves at last more chargeable than to have raised a substantial building at first upon a true and solid foundation.
[Lying]
 

Two persons who have chosen each other out of all the species, with the design to be each other's mutual comfort and entertainment, have, in that action, bound themselves to be good-humored, affable, discreet, forgiving, patient, and joyful, with respect to each other's frailties and perfections, to the end of their lives.
[Marriage]
 

Unbounded courage and compassion joined proclaim him good and great, and make the hero and the man complete.
[Heroism]
 

Vanity is the weakness of the ambitious man, which exposes him to the secret scorn and derision of those he converses with, and ruins the character he is so industrious to advance by it.
[Vanity]
 

vice, it generally breaks out and discovers itself again as soon as discretion, consideration, age, or misfortunes have brought the man to himself. The fire may be covered and overlaid but cannot be entirely quenched and smothered.
 

We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us.
 

We are growing serious, and let me tell you, that's the very next step to being dull
[Stupidiity]
 

We have in England a particular bashfulness in everything that regards religion.
 

Were I to prescribe a rule for drinking, it should be formed upon a saying quoted by Sir William Temple: the first glass for myself, the second for my friends, the third for good humor, and the fourth for mine enemies. 
 

What an absurd thing it is to pass over all the valuable parts of a man, and fix our attention on his infirmities.
 

What is life? It is not to stalk about, and draw fresh air, or gaze upon the sun; it is to be free.
[Liberty]
 

What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country.
 

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul. The philosopher, the saint, the hero, the wise, and the good, or the great, very often lie hid and concealed in a plebeian, which a proper education might have disinterred and brought to light.
[Education]
 

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
[Lighten Up]
 

When a man becomes familiar with his goddess, she quickly sinks into a woman
[Familiarity]
 

When a man has been guilty of any vice of folly, the best atonement he can make for it is to warn others not to fall into the like.
[Advice]
 

When a man is made up wholly of the dove, without the least grain of the serpent in his composition, he becomes ridiculous in many circumstances of life, and very often discredits his best actions
[Simplicity]
 


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