The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.
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- I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man’s virtues the means of deceiving him.
- They that have grown old in a single state are generally found to be morose, fretful and captious; tenacious of their own practices and maxims; soon offended by contradiction or negligence; and impatient of any association but with those that will watch their nod, and submit themselves to unlimited authority.
- A continual feast of commendation is only to be obtained by merit or by wealth: many are therefore obliged to content themselves with single morsels, and recompense the infrequency of their enjoyment by excess and riot, whenever fortune sets the banquet before them.
- Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.
- Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull in a new way, and that made many people think him great.
- He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.