Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.
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- Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
- Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another.
- Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.
- A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature.
- Our delight in any particular study, art, or science rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise becomes at length an entertainment.