Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
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- I am sorry I have not learnt to play at cards. It is very useful in life: it generates kindness, and consolidates society.
- Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.
- Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.
- If I had no duties, and no reference to futurity, I would spend my life in driving briskly in a post-chaise with a pretty woman.
- Life will not bear refinement. You must do as other people do.
- If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone; one should keep his friendships in constant repair.