When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other test of its excellence. It is good, and made by a good workman.
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- From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race.
- Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.
- One seeks to make the loved one entirely happy, or, if that cannot be, entirely wretched.
- As long as men are liable to die and are desirous to live, a physician will be made fun of, but he will be well paid.
- Outward simplicity befits ordinary men, like a garment made to measure for them; but it serves as an adornment to those who have filled their lives with great deeds: they might be compared to some beauty carelessly dressed and thereby all the more attractive.
- A man of the world must seem to be what he wishes to be thought.