I am not so much inclined to wonder that marriage is sometimes unhappy, as that it appears so little loaded with calamity; and cannot but conclude that society has something in itself eminently agreeable to human nature, when I find…
Quote by Samuel Johnson
Time quickly puts an end to artificial and accidental fame
Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are...
All theory is against the freedom of the will; all experience for it
The world is seldom what it seems; to man, who dimly sees, realities appear as...
The triumph of hope over experience
The two offices of memory are collection and distribution.
Exercise is labor without weariness.
Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it...
Courtesy and good humor are often found with little real worth
We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to...
Moderation is commonly firm, and firmness is commonly successful
He that applauds him who does not deserve praise, is endeavoring to deceive the public;...
Most vices may be committed very genteelly: a man may debauch his friend's wife genteelly:...
It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward...
A coxcomb is ugly all over with the effectation of a fine gentleman.
Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.
Friendship is not always the sequel of obligation
No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.
It is better that some should be unhappy rather than that none should be happy,...
Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.