No man likes to live under the eye of perpetual disapprobation.
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- No man is much regarded by the rest of the world. He that considers how little he dwells upon the condition of others, will learn how little the attention of others is attracted by himself. While we see multitudes passing before us, of whom perhaps not one appears to deserve our notice or excites our sympathy, we should remember, that we likewise are lost in the same throng, that the eye which happens to glance upon us is turned in a moment on him that follows us, and that the utmost which we can reasonably hope or fear is to fill a vacant hour with prattle, and be forgotten.
- The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket; a very few names may be considered as perpetual lamps that shine unconsumed.
- It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.
- Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.
- Turn on the prudent ant thy heedful eyes. Observe her labors, sluggard, and be wise.
- Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye.