A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
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- 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.
- Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
- Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.
- Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.
- Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another.
- 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.