A man’s first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and his next to escape the censures of the world.
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- It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of ;antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.
- If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it.
- A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
- One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.
- 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.
- 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.