A fly 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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- It is easy to talk of sitting at home contented, when others are seeing or making shows. But not to have been where it is supposed, and seldom supposed falsely, that all would go if they could; to be able to say nothing when everyone is talking; to have no opinion when everyone is judging; to hear exclamations of rapture without power to depress; to listen to falsehoods without right to contradict, is, after all, a state of temporary inferiority, in which the mind is rather hardened by stubbornness, than supported by fortitude. If the world be worth winning let us enjoy it, if it is to be despised let us despise it by conviction. But the world is not to be despised but as it is compared with something better.
- Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
- Players, Sir! I look on them as no better than creatures set upon tables and joint stools to make faces and produce laughter, like dancing dogs.
- There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.
- When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.
- Their learning is like bread in a besieged town: every man gets a little, but no man gets a full meal.