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- Young people soon give, and forget insults, but old age is slow in both.
- The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.
- The truth of it is, learning, like travelling, and all other methods of improvement, as it finishes good sense, so it makes a silly man ten thousand times more insufferable, by supplying variety of matter to his impertinence, and giving him an opportunity of abounding in absurdities.
- A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature.
- A day, an hour of virtuous liberty is worth a whole eternity in bondage.
- A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.