Zeal will do more than knowledge.
A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.
Walk groundly, talk profoundly, drink roundly, sleep soundly.
I like a friend better for having faults that one can talk about.
That which is not, shall never be; that which is, shall never cease to be. To the wise, these truths are self-evident.
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.
The busier we are the more leisure we have.
The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love; have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.
The English (it must be owned) are rather a foul-mouthed nation.
The humblest painter is a true scholar; and the best of scholars the scholar of nature.
The incentive to ambition is the love of power.
The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.
To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living.
To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead.
To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.
We are not hypocrites in our sleep.
We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.
We can bear to be deprived of everything but our self-conceit.
We can scarcely hate anyone that we know.
We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation.
We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects.