The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits.
Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
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There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.
A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.
The discipline of desire is the background of character.
The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
Fashion for the most part is nothing but the ostentation of riches.
Freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power vested in it; a liberty to follow my own will in all things, when the rule prescribes not, and not to be subject to the inconstant, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.
Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.
Practice conquers the habit of doing, without reflecting on the rule.
Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided.
We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.
Vague and mysterious forms of speech, and abuse of language, have so long passed for mysteries of science; and hard or misapplied words with little or no meaning have, by prescription, such a right to be mistaken for deep learning and height of speculation, that it will not be easy to persuade either those who speak or those who hear them, that they are but the covers of ignorance and hindrance of true knowledge.