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One truth discovered one pang of regret at not being able to express it is better than all the fluency and flippancy in the world.
Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
We attempt nothing great but from a sense of the difficulties we have to encounter we persevere in nothing great but from a pride in overcoming them.
Prosperity is a great teacher adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind privation trains and strengthens it.
We often choose a friend as we do a mistress for no particular excellence in themselves but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.
The love of liberty is the love of others the love of power is the love of ourselves.
We may be willing to tell a story twice never to hear it more than once.
Let a man's talents or virtues be what they may he will only feel satisfaction in his society as he is satisfied in himself.
A great chessplayer is not a great man, for he leaves the world as he found it.
The difference between the vanity of a Frenchman and an Englishman seems to be this: The one thinks everything right that is French the other thinks everything wrong that is not English.
Those people who are uncomfortable in themselves are disagreeable to others.
Never so sure our rapture to createAs when it touch'd the brink of all we hate.
There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.
The truly proud man is satisfied with his own good opinion and does not seek to make converts to it.
the old maxim... "there are three things necessary to success in life--Impudence! Impudence! Impudence!
The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
None but those who are happy in themselves can make others so.
The same reason makes a man a religious enthusiast that makes a man an enthusiast in any other way: an uncomfortable mind in an uncomfortable body.
Anyone is to be pitied who has just sense enough to perceive his deficiencies.
The only impeccable writers are those who never wrote.
The best part of our lives we pass in counting on what is to come.
Those who are fond of setting things to rights have no great objection to setting them wrong.
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.
Without the aid of prejudice and custom I should not be able to find my way across the room.
Reflection makes men cowards.
Those only deserve a monument who do not need one.
A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.
The world dread nothing so much as being convinced of their errors.
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
The way to procure insults is to submit to them. A man meets with no more respect than he exacts.
We had as lief not be as not be ourselves.
Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone - but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.
Actors are the only honest hypocrites.
Words are the only things that last for ever.
True friendship is self-love at second hand.
Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.
Sacrifices are no sacrifices when they are repaid a thousand fold.
Landscape painting is the obvious resource of misanthropy.
Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!
We are cold to others only when we are dull in ourselves.
As is our confidence so is our capacity.
Prosperity is a great teacher adversity a greater.
A wise traveler never despises his own country.
We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.
Faith is necessary to victory.
A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions.
The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves.
It is well there is no one without fault for he would not have a friend in the world. He would seem to belong to a different species.
The perceiving our own weaknesses enables us to give others excellent advice, but it does not teach us to to reform ourselves.