What is read twice is usually remembered more than what is once written.
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- 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 return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.
- A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
- He that outlives a wife whom he has long loved, sees himself disjoined from the only mind that has the same hopes, and fears, and interest; from the only companion with whom he has shared much good and evil; and with whom he could set his mind at liberty, to retrace the past or anticipate the future. The continuity of being is lacerated; the settled course of sentiment and action is stopped; and life stands suspended and motionless.