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Man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and next to escape the censures of the world. - If the last interfere with the first it should be entirely neglected. - But if not, there cannot be a greater satisfaction to an honest mind than to see its own approbation seconded by the applauses of the public.
[Applause]
 

Marriage enlarges the scene of our happiness and of our miseries. - A marriage of love is pleasant - of interest, easy, and where both meet, happy. - A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendship, all the enjoyments of sense and reason, and, indeed, all the sweets of life.
[Marriage]
 

Melancholy is a kind of demon that haunts our island, and often conveys herself to us in an easterly wind.
 

Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
 

Mere bashfulness without merit is awkward; and merit without modesty, insolent. But modest merit has a double claim to acceptance, and generally meets with as many patrons as beholders.
[Merit]
 

Method is not less requisite in conversation than in writing, provided a man would talk to make himself understood
 

Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
 

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue
[Modesty]
 

Most of the trades, professions, and ways of living among mankind, take their original either from the love of pleasure, or the fear of want. The former, when it becomes too violent, degenerates into luxury, and the latter into avarice.
[Occupation]
 

Music can noble hints impart, engender fury, kindle love, with unsuspected eloquence can move and manage all the man with secret art.
[Music]
 

Music is the only sensual gratification in which mankind may indulge to excess without injury to their moral or religious feelings.
[Music]
 

Music wakes the soul, and lifts it high, and wings it with sublime desires, and fits it to bespeak the Deity.
[Music]
 

Music, the greatest good that mortals know and all of heaven we have hear below.
[Music]
 

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
 

Mysterious love, uncertain treasure, hast thou more of pain or pleasure! Endless torments dwell about thee: Yet who would live, and live without thee!
 

Nature has sometimes made a fool; but a coxcomb is always of a man's own making.
 

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
 

No vices are so incurable as those which men are apt to glory in
 

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
 

Nothing is more amiable than true modesty, and nothing more contemptible than the false
 


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