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He who seeks for applause only from without has all his happiness in another's keeping.
[Self Acceptance]
 

His conduct still right, with his argument wrong.
 

Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.
 

Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.
 

Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, adorns and cheers our way; And still, as darker grows the night, emits a lighter ray.
[Hope]
 

I chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well.
[Marriage]
 

I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellects too.
 

I have found by experience, that they who have spent all their lives in cities, contract not only an effeminacy of habit, but of thinking.
 

I have visited many countries, and have been in cities without number, yet never did I enter a town which could not produce ten or twelve little great men; all fancying themselves known to the rest of the world, and complimenting each other upon their extensive reputation.
[Men]
 

I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
 

I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population.
 

I'll fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay; Princes and Lords may flourish, or may fade - A breath can make them, as a breath has made - But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroy'd can never be supplied.
[Wealth]
 

I...chose a wife, as she did her wedding gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well.
 

If frugality were established in the state, if our expenses were laid out rather in the necessaries than the super­fluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.
 

If the soul be happily disposed everything becomes capable of affording entertainment, and distress will almost want a name.
[Cheerfulness]
 

If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.
 

In my time, the follies of the town crept slowly among us, but now they travel faster than a stagecoach.
 

It has been said that he who retires to solitude is either a beast or an angel; the censure is too severe, and the praise unmerited: the discontented being, who retires from society, is generally some good-natured man, who has begun his life without experience, and knew not how to gain it in his intercourse with mankind.
[Solitude]
 

It is usually said by grammarians, that the use of language is to express our wants and desires; but men who know the world hold that he who best knows how to keep his necessities private, is the most likely person to have them redressed; and that the true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.
[Speech]
 

Knowledge, wisdom, erudition, arts, and elegance, what are they, but the mere trappings of the mind, if they do not serve to increase the happiness of the possessor? A mind rightly instituted in the school of philosophy, acquires at once the stability of the oak, and the flexibility of the osier.
[Mind]
 


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