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He who praises everybody, praises nobody.
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If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.
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Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.
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A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
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A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table, than when his wife talks Greek.
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A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.
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A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.
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A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
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A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.
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A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
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A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
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A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
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A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
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Actions are visible, though motives are secret.
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Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
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Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us.
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Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.
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All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.
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All theory is against freedom of the will; all experience for it.
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All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.
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Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?
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Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.
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Almost every man wastes part of his life attempting to display qualities which he does not possess.
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At seventy-seven it is time to be in earnest.
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Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.
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Between falsehood and useless truth there is little difference. As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which cannot apply will make no man wise.
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Books like friends, should be few and well-chosen.
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Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.
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Bounty always receives part of its value from the manner in which it is bestowed.
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By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.
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By taking a second wife he pays the highest compliment to the first, by showing that she made him so happy as a married man, that he wishes to be so a second time.
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Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
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Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.
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Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
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Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable tohim; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.
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Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
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Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.
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Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.
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Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.
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Every man who attacks my belief, diminishes in some degree my confidence in it, and therefore makes me uneasy; and I am angry with him who makes me uneasy.
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Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.
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Exercise is labor without weariness.
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Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.
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Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.
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From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life.
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Getting money is not all a man's business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.
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Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
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He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
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He that undervalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.
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He that will enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade.
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