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If ever a man and his wife, or a man and his mistress, who pass nights as well as days together, absolutely lay aside all good breeding, their intimacy will soon degenerate into a coarse familiarity, infallibly productive of contempt or disgust.

If you are not in fashion, you are nobody.

If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.

If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself.

In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice; because I will not have anybody's torments in this world or the next laid to my charge.

In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.

In order to judge of the inside of others, study your own; for men in general are very much alike, and though one has one prevailing passion, and another has another, yet their operations are much the same; and whatever engages or disgusts, pleases, or offends you in others will engage, disgust, please or offend others in you.

In scandal, as is robbery, the receiver is always as bad as the thief.

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it - thou art a fool.

In those days he was wiser than he is now - he used frequently to take my advice.

Inferiority is what you enjoy in your best friends.

It has been said that ridicule is the best test of truth, for that it will not stick where it is not just. I deny it. A truth viewed in a certain light, and attacked in certain words, by men of wit and humor, may, and often doth, become ridiculous, at least so far that the truth is only remembered and repeated for the sake of the ridicule.

It is an undoubted truth that the less one has to do the less time one finds to do it in. One yawns, one procrastinates, one can do it when one will, and, therefore, one seldom does it at all; whereas, those who have a great deal of business must buckle to it; and then they always find time enough to do it.

It is by vivacity and wit that man shines in company; but trite jokes and loud laughter reduce him to a buffoon.

It is often more necessary to conceal contempt than resentment, the former being never forgiven, but the latter sometimes forgot. Wrongs are often forgiven; contempt never.

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
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Knowledge is a comfortable and necessary retreat and shelter for us in advanced age, and if we do not plant it while young, it will give us no shade when we grow old.

Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.

Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.

Learn to dance, not so much for the sake of dancing, as for coming into a room and presenting yourself genteelly and gracefully. - Women, whom you ought to endeavor to please, cannot forgive a vulgar and awkward air and gestures.

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