Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed.
The present time is seldom able to fill desire or imagination with immediate enjoyment, and we are forced to supply its deficiencies by recollection or anticipation.
Those writers who lay on the watch for novelty, could have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped former observation.
It is man's own fault, it is from want of use, if his mind grows torpid in old age.
He is no wise man that will quit a certainty for an uncertainty
To let friendship die away by negligence and silence, is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of this weary pilgrimage.
It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it, though we know it can never be reached.
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.
There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence.
I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.
But, perhaps, the excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some obvious and useful truth in few words.
It is always observable that silence propagates itself, and that the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find anything to say.
An age that melts in unperceived decay, and glides in modest innocence away.
An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.
Were it not for imagination, a man would be as happy in the arms of a chambermaid as a dutchess.
Evil is uncertain in the same degree as good, and for the reason that we ought not to hope too securely, we ought not to fear with too much dejection.
We frequently fall into error and folly, not because the true principles of action are not known, but because, for a time, they are not remembered; and he may therefore be justly numbered among the benefactors of mankind who contracts the great rules