A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature.
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- Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
- It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.
- 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.
- 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.
- There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady’s head-dress.
- Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.