Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.
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- Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves; but I give it fair quarter, wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of good to the possessor, and to others who are within his sphere of action: and therefore, in many cases, it would not be altogether absurd if a man were to thank God for his vanity among the other comforts of life.
- The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose.
- At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
- Half wits talk much, but say little.
- The way to wealth depends on just two words, industry and frugality.
- There is much difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him.