For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
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- Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it.
- Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.
- The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
- Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
- In thinking, if a person begins with certainties, they shall end in doubts, but if they can begin with doubts, they will end in certainties.
- It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth… and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.