No one ever became great by imitation.
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- The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great because their associates are little.
- I am a great friend to public amusements, for they keep the people from vice.
- The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.
- Solitude is dangerous to reason, without being favorable to virtue. Remember that the solitary mortal is certainly luxurious, probably superstitious, and possibly mad.
- Suspicion is most often useless pain.
- It was his peculiar happiness that he scarcely ever found a stranger whom he did not leave a friend; but it must likewise be added, that he had not often a friend long without obliging him to become a stranger.