We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
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- We falsely attribute to men a determined character — putting together all their yesterdays — and averaging them — we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support — it is worse than a large family — he is the silent poor indeed.
- Pity the man who has a character to support –it is worse than a large family — he is silent poor indeed.
- The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.
- I have a great deal of company in my house; especially in the morning, when nobody calls.
- In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds.
- The success of great scholars and thinkers is commonly a courtier-like success, not kingly, not manly.