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Of all vanities and fopperies, the vanity of high birth is the greatest. True nobility is derived from virtue, not from birth. Titles, indeed, may be purchased; but virtue is the only coin that makes the bargain valid.
[Birth]
 

One of the mistakes in the conduct of human life is, to suppose that other men's opinions are to make us happy.
[Opinion]
 

Peregrinations charm our senses with such unspeakable and sweet variety, that some count him unhappy that never travelled - a kind of prisoner, and pity his case, that, from his cradle to his old age, he beholds the same, and still the same.
 

Sickness and disease are in weak minds the sources of melancholy; but that which is painful to the body, may be profitable to the soul. Sickness, the mother of modesty, puts us in mind of our mortality, and while we drive on heedlessly in the full career of worldly pomp and jollity, kindly brings us to a proper sense of our duty and destiny.
[Disease]
 

Speak with contempt of no man. - Every one hath a tender sense of repu­tation. - And every man hath a sting, which he may, if provoked too far, dart out at one time or another.
 

Sports and gaming, whether pursued from a desire of gain or the love of pleasure, are as ruinous to the temper and disposition of the one addicted to them, as they are to his fame and fortune.
[Gambling]
 

Temperance is a bridle of gold, and he that can use it aright is liker a God than a man; for as it will transform a beast to a man again, so it will make a man a God.
[Temperance]
 

The attachments of mere mirth are but the shadows of that true friendship of which the sincere affections of the heart are the substance.
[Friendship]
 

The passions and desires, like the two twists of a rope, mutually mix one with the other, and twine inextricably round the heart; producing good, if moderately indulged; but certain destruction, if suffered to become inordinate.
[Desire]
 

Titles, indeed, may be purchased; but virtue is the only coin that makes the bargain valid.
 

True nobility is derived from virtue, not from birth. - Title may be purchased, but virtue is the only coin that makes the bargain valid.
[Nobility]
 

Virtue, wisdom, goodness, and real worth, like the loadstone, never lose their power. These are the true graces, which are linked hand in hand, because it is by their influence that human hearts are so firmly united to each other.
[Grace]
 

Worldly wealth is the devil's bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches, recede in general from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase; as the moon, when she is fullest of light, is farthest from the sun.
[Wealth]
 


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