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When I behold a fashionable table set out in all its magnificence, I fancy that I see gouts and dropsies, fevers and lethargies, with other innumerable distempers, lying in ambuscade among the dishes. Nature delights in the most plain and simple diet. Every animal but man, keeps to one dish. Herbs are the food of this species, fish of that, and flesh of a third. Man falls upon everything that comes in his way; not the smallest fruit or excrescence of the earth, scarce a berry or a mushroom can escape him.
 

When I look upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies within me; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out.
 

When I see a man with a sour, shriveled face, I cannot forbear pitying his wife; and when I meet with an open, ingenuous countenance, I think on the happiness of his friends, his family, and his relations.
 

When love once pleads admission to our hearts, / In spite of all the virtue we can boast,/ The woman that deliberates is lost.
 

When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.
 

When somebody gives you a sexy look, you know they're trying. It's terrible! But when you smile, it's so much sexier!
 

When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.
[Honor]
 

Whether zeal or moderation be the point we aim at, let us keep fire out of the one, and frost out of the other.
[Zeal]
 

Why will any man be so impertinently officious as to tell me all prospect of a future state is only fancy and delusion? Is there any merit in being the messenger of ill news? If it is a dream, let me enjoy it, since it makes me both the happier and better man.
 

Wine heightens indifference into love, love into jealousy, and jealousy into madness. It often turns the good-natured man into an idiot, and the choleric into an assassin. It gives bitterness to resentment, it makes vanity insupportable, and displays every little spot of the soul in its utmost deformity.
 

Wit is the fetching of congruity out of incongruity
 

With regard to donations always expect the most from prudent people, who keep their own accounts.
 

Without constancy there is neither love, friendship, nor virtue in the world.
 

Women's thoughts are ever turned apon appearing amiable to the other sex; they talk and move and smile with a design upon us; every feature of their faces, every part of their dress, is filled with snares and allurements. There would be no such animals as prudes or coquettes in the world were there not such an animal as man.
 

Words, when well chosen, have so great a force in them that a description often gives us more lively ideas than the sight of things themselves
 

Young men soon give, and soon forget, affronts; old age is slow in both.
 


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