What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
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- If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.
- The luster of diamonds is invigorated by the interposition of darker bodies; the lights of a picture are created by the shades; the highest pleasure which nature has indulged to sensitive perception is that of rest after fatigue.
- Pleasure that is obtained by unreasonable and unsuitable cost, must always end in pain.
- The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
- Pain is less subject than pleasure to careless expression.
- They that have grown old in a single state are generally found to be morose, fretful and captious; tenacious of their own practices and maxims; soon offended by contradiction or negligence; and impatient of any association but with those that will watch their nod, and submit themselves to unlimited authority.