What is read twice is usually remembered more than what is once written.
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- I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.
- What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
- If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.
- Solitude is dangerous to reason, without being favorable to virtue. Remember that the solitary mortal is certainly luxurious, probably superstitious, and possibly mad.
- The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression.
- The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.