All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.
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- Let thy discontents be thy secrets.
- The discontented man finds no easy chair.
- Tomorrow every fault is to be amended; but tomorrow never comes.
- There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
- When I reflect, as I frequently do, upon the felicity I have enjoyed, I sometimes say to myself, that were the offer made me, I would engage to run again, from beginning to end, the same career of life. All I would ask, should be the privilege of an author, to correct in a second edition, certain errors of the first.
- Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires.