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.
- No member of society has the right to teach any doctrine contrary to what society holds to be true.
- Once you consent to some concession, you can never cancel it and put things back the way they are.
- Sorrow is a kind of rust of the soul, which every new idea contributes in its passage to scour away. It is the putrefaction of stagnant life, and is remedied by exercise and motion.
- He that outlives a wife whom he has long loved, sees himself disjoined from the only mind that has the same hopes, and fears, and interest; from the only companion with whom he has shared much good and evil; and with whom he could set his mind at liberty, to retrace the past or anticipate the future. The continuity of being is lacerated; the settled course of sentiment and action is stopped; and life stands suspended and motionless.
- That kind of life is most happy which affords us most opportunities of gaining our own esteem.