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Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room.
There was all the world and his wife.
May you live all the days of your life.
Lord! I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.
Very few men properly speaking live at present but are providing to live another time.
Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.
May you live every day of your life.
As learnèd commentators viewIn Homer more than Homer knew.
We are so fond of each other because our ailments are the same.
111 company is like a dog who dirts those most whom he loves best.
When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
Complaint is the largest tribute Heaven receives.
The tiny Lilliputians surmise that Gulliver's watch may be his god, because it is that which, he admits, he seldom does anything without consulting.
Books, the children of the brain.
Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy is the best bred in the company.
Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.
We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
I know Sir John will go though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy.
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
When I am reading a book whether wise or silly it seems to me to be alive and talking to me.
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.
I won't quarrel with my bread and butter.
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
They say fingers were made before forks and hands before knives.
Possession they say is eleven points of the law.
She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on her with a pitchfork.
Usually speaking the worst-bred person in company is a young traveller just returned from abroad.
The first springs of great events like those of great rivers are often mean and little.
When men grow virtuous in their old age they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings.
An excuse is a lie guarded.
If a man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is, he keeps his at the same time.
Dignity high station or great riches are in some sort necessary to old men in order to keep the younger at a distance who are otherwise too apt to insult them upon the score of their age.
A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
Every dog must have his day.
Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.
Brutes find out where their talents lie a bear will not attempt to fly.
I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
There's none so blind as they that won't see.
What some invent the rest enlarge.
Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions.
Promise and pie-crust are made to be broken.
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
Gulliver describes a royal personage inspiring awe among the tiny Lilliputians because he was taller than his brethren by the breadth of a human fingernail.
I heard the little bird say so.