Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.
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- What madness it is for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.
- Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
- It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.
- When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.
- Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life — in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.
- No action will be considered blameless, unless the will was so, for by the will the act was dictated.