Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.
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- We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.
- To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.
- Prudence operates on life in the same manner as rule of composition; it produces vigilance rather than elevation; rather prevents loss than procures advantage; and often miscarriages, but seldom reaches either power or honor.
- Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled.
- Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages.
- Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help? The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labors, had it been early, had been kind; but it has been delayed till I am indifferent, and cannot enjoy it; till I am solitary, and cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it.