No man likes to live under the eye of perpetual disapprobation.
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- 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.
- When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land.
- Their learning is like bread in a besieged town: every man gets a little, but no man gets a full meal.
- In a man’s letters you know, Madam, his soul lies naked, his letters are only the mirror of his breast, whatever passes within him is shown undisguised in its natural process. Nothing is inverted, nothing distorted, you see systems in their elements, you discover actions in their motives.
- There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.
- Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.