To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.
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- I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. I cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it: What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me.
- The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.
- Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
- One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.
- The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasures.
- Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.