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Handsome husbands often make a wife's heart ache.
Sorrow makes an ugly face odious.
Spiritual pride is the most dangerous and the most arrogant of all sorts of pride.
'Passion' a word which involves so many feelings. I feel it when we touch; I feel it when we kiss; I feel it when I look at you. For you are my passion; my one true love.
That dangerous but too commonly received notion, that a reformed rake makes the best husband.
Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.
To what a bad choice is many a worthy woman betrayed, by that false and inconsiderate notion, That a reformed rake makes the best husband!
Great allowances ought to be made for the petulance of persons labouring under ill-health.
Honeymoon lasts not nowadays above a fortnight.
Every one, more or less, loves Power, yet those who most wish for it are seldom the fittest to be trusted with it.
To be a clergyman, and all that is compassionate and virtuous, ought to be the same thing.
Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity.
It is better to be thought perverse than insincere.
Parents sometimes make not those allowances for youth, which, when young, they wished to be made for themselves.
A good man, though he will value his own countrymen, yet will think as highly of the worthy men of every nation under the sun.
For the human mind is seldom at stay: If you do not grow better, you will most undoubtedly grow worse.
Friendship is the perfection of love, and superior to love; it is love purified, exalted, proved by experience and a consent of minds. Love, Madam, may, and love does, often stop short of friendship.
I have my choice: who can wish for more? Free will enables us to do everything well while imposition makes a light burden heavy.
An honest heart is not to be trusted with itself in bad company.
People of little understanding are most apt to be angry when their sense is called into question.
If the education and studies of children were suited to their inclinations and capacities, many would be made useful members of society that otherwise would make no figure in it.
Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole.
Women are so much in love with compliments that rather than want them, they will compliment one another, yet mean no more by it than the men do.
A beautiful woman must expect to be more accountable for her steps, than one less attractive.
Air and manners are more expressive than words.
What pleasure can those over-happy persons know, who, from their affluence and luxury, always eat before they are hungry and drink before they are thirsty?
Humility is a grace that shines in a high condition but cannot, equally, in a low one because a person in the latter is already, perhaps, too much humbled.
It is but shaping the bribe to the taste, and every one has his price.
Love gratified is love satisfied, and love satisfied is indifference begun.
The wisest among us is a fool in some things.
Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation.
A widow's refusal of a lover is seldom so explicit as to exclude hope.
The little words in the Republic of Letters, like the little folks in a nation, are the most useful and significant.
Nothing in human nature is so God-like as the disposition to do good to our fellow-creatures.
What we want to tell, we wish our friend to have curiosity to hear.
Smatterers in learning are the most opinionated.
The companion of an evening, and the companion for life, require very different qualifications.
Men will bear many things from a kept mistress, which they would not bear from a wife.
As a child is indulged or checked in its early follies, a ground is generally laid for the happiness or misery of the future man.
Quantity in diet is more to be regarded than quality. A full meal is a great enemy both to study and industry.
The mind can be but full. It will be as much filled with a small disagreeable occurrence, having no other, as with a large one.
Honesty is good sense, politeness, amiableness,--all in one.
It is much easier to find fault with others, than to be faultless ourselves.
The World, thinking itself affronted by superior merit, takes delight to bring it down to its own level.
Vast is the field of Science... the more a man knows, the more he will find he has to know.
Friendly satire may be compared to a fine lancet, which gently breathes a vein for health's sake.
All human excellence is but comparative — there are persons who excel us, as much as we fancy we excel the meanest.
Those who can least bear a jest upon themselves, will be most diverted with one passed on others.
Women are sometimes drawn in to believe against probability by the unwillingness they have to doubt their own merit.
The difference in the education of men and women must give the former great advantages over the latter, even where geniuses are equal.