Surely a long life must be somewhat tedious, since we are forced to call in so many trifling things to help rid us of our time, which will never return.
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- Surely life, if it be not long, is tedious, since we are forced to call in the assistance of so many trifles to rid us of our time, of that time which never can return.
- He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
- There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain.
- The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.
- Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.
- Sir, I do not call a gamester a dishonest man; but I call him an unsociable man, an unprofitable man. Gaming is a mode of transferring property without producing any intermediate good.