The triumph of hope over experience
Quote by Samuel Johnson
A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily...
No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a...
All theory is against freedom of the will; all experience for it.
Exercise is labor without weariness.
To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our...
Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.
Praise is so pleasing to the mind of man that it is the original of...
Money confounds subordination
Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not...
It is not from reason and prudence that people marry, but from inclination
To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to...
Critics, like the rest of mankind, are very frequently misled by interest
Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
The animadversions of critics are commonly such as may easily provoke the sedatest writer to...
He who praises everybody, praises nobody.
Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what...
The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going...
There are goods so opposed that we cannot seize both, but, by too much prudence,...