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Swift speedy time, feathered with flying hours, Dissolves the beauty of the fairest brow.
 

Take rather than give the tone of the company you are in. - If you have parts, you will show them, more or less, upon every subject; and if you have not, you had better talk sillily upon a subject of other people's choosing than of your own.
[Companionship]
 

Take the tone of the company you are in.
 

The dews of evening - those tears of the sky for the loss of the sun.
 

The difference between a man of sense and a fop is that the fop values himself upon his dress; and the man of sense laughs at it, at the same time he knows he must not neglect it.
 

The elegance of the style, and the turn of the periods make the chief impression upon the hearers. - Most people have ears, but few have judgment; tickle those ears, and depend upon it, you will catch their judgments such as they are.
[Oratory]
 

The heart never grows better by age; I fear rather worse, always harder. A young liar will be an old one, and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older.
[Heart]
 

The immoral man, who invades another's property, is justly punished for it; and the ill bred man, who by his ill manners invades and disturbs the quiet and comforts of private life, is by common consent as justly banished society. For my own part, I really think, next to the consciousness of doing a good action, that of doing a civil one is the most pleasing; and the epithet which I should covet the most, next to that of Aristides (the Just), would be that of well bred.
[Manners]
 

The insolent civility of a proud man is, if possible, more shocking than his rudeness could be; because he shows you by his manner, that he thinks it mere condescension in him, and that his goodness alone bestows upon you what you have no pretence to claim.
 

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.
[One Day]
 

The manner of a vulgar man has freedom without ease; the manner of a gentleman, ease without freedom.
[Manners]
 

The manner of your speaking is full as important as the matter, as more people have ears to be tickled than understandings to judge.
[Eloquence]
 

The mere brute pleasure of reading - the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
 

The more one works, the more willing one is to work.
 

The only solid and lasting peace between a man and his wife is, doubtless, a separation.
 

The power of applying attention, steady and undissipated, to a single object, is the sure mark of a superior genius.
[Attention]
 

The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.
 

The scholar, without good-breeding, is a pedant; the philosopher, a cynic; the soldier, a brute; and every man disagreeable.
 

The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it. The scholar, who in the dust of his closet talks or writes of the world, knows no more of it than that orator did of war, who endeavored to instruct Hannibal in it.
[World]
 

There is nothing that people bear more impatiently, or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
 


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