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As it is the chief concern of wise men to retrench the evils of life by the reasonings of philosophy, it is the employment of fools to multiply them by the sentiments of superstition.
 

As 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.
[Glory]
 

As vivacity is the gift of women, gravity is that of men.
[Men]
 

Authors have established it as a kind of rule, that a man ought to be dull sometimes; as the most severe reader makes allowances for many rests and nodding-places in a voluminous writer.
 

Beauty commonly produces love, but cleanliness preserves it. - Age itself is not unamiable while it is preserved clean and unsullied - like a piece of metal constantly kept smooth and bright, which we look on with more pleasure than on a new vessel cankered with rust.
[Beauty]
 

Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.
[Honor]
 

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
[Books]
 

Certain it is that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as the love of a father to a daughter. He beholds her both with and without regard to her sex. - In love to our wives, there is desire; to our sons, there is ambition; but in that to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
[Love]
 

Charity is the perfection and ornament of religion.
[Charity]
 

Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health, and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.
 

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity
[Lighten Up]
 

Cleanliness may be recommended as a mark of politeness, as it produces affection, and as it bears analogy to purity of mind. - As it renders us agreeable to others, so it makes us easy to ourselves. - It is an excellent preservative of health; and several vices, destructive both to body and mind, are inconsistent with the habit of it.
[Cleanliness]
 

Colors speak all languages.
 

Complaisance renders a superior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable. It smooths distinction, sweetens conversation, and makes every one in the company pleased with himself. It produces good nature and mutual benevolence, encourages the timorous, soothes the turbulent, humanizes the fierce, and distinguishes a society of civilized persons from a confusion of savages.
[Manners]
 

Complaisance, though in itself it be scarce reckoned in the number of moral virtues, is that which gives a luster to every talent a man can be possessed of. - I would advise every man of learning, who would not appear a mere scholar or philosopher, to make himself master of this social virtue.
 

Conspiracies no sooner should be formed than executed
 

Content has a kindly influence on the soul of man, in respect of every being to whom he stands related. It extinguishes all murmuring, repining, and ingratitude toward that Being who has allotted us our part to act in the world. It destroys all inordinate ambition; gives sweetness to the conversation, and serenity to all the thoughts; and if it does not bring riches, it does the same thing by banishing the desire of them.
[Contentment]
 

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.
 

Contentment produces, in some measure, all those effects which the alchymist ascribes to what he calls the philosopher's stone; and if it does not bring riches, it docs the same thing by banishing the desire of them. If it cannot remove the disquietudes arising from a man's mind, body, or fortune, it makes him easy under them.
[Contentment]
 

Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts; in a uniform manner.
[Acts]
 


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