We are inclined to believe those whom we don not know because they have never deceived us.
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- Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree. We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.
- It is not from reason and prudence that people marry, but from inclination.
- A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
- A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.
- Youth enters the world with very happy prejudices in her own favor. She imagines herself not only certain of accomplishing every adventure, but of obtaining those rewards which the accomplishment may deserve. She is not easily persuaded to believe that the force of merit can be resisted by obstinacy and avarice, or its luster darkened by envy and malignity.
- So different are the colors of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past; and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.