The beggar is the only person in the universe not obliged to study appearance.
We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.
Don't introduce me to that man! I want to go on hating him, and I can't hate a man whom I know.
I love to lose myself in other men's minds. When I am not walking, I am reading. I cannot sit and think; books think for me.
He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality.
Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
Boys are capital fellows in their own way, among their mates; but they are unwholesome companions for grown people.
Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.
When I consider how little of a rarity children are -- that every street and blind alley swarms with them -- that the poorest people commonly have them in most abundance -- that there are few marriages that are not blest with at least one of these bargains -- how often they turn out ill, and defeat the fond hopes of their parents, taking to vicious courses, which end in poverty, disgrace, the gallows, etc. -- I cannot for my life tell what cause for pride there can possibly be in having them.
Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.
My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.
Nothing puzzles me more than time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less, as I never think about them.
The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
Category: Deeds And Good Deeds
A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noon-tide of our prosperity. He is known by his knock.
The beggar wears all colors fearing none.