An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.
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- It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of ;antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.
- Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another.
- The truth of it is, learning, like travelling, and all other methods of improvement, as it finishes good sense, so it makes a silly man ten thousand times more insufferable, by supplying variety of matter to his impertinence, and giving him an opportunity of abounding in absurdities.
- The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.
- 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.