There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady’s head-dress.
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- Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
- A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature.
- If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it.
- Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.
- Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.
- Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind.